Acts 9:19–31 (NIV84) — 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 3:7 (NLT) — 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Hebrews 12:28–29 (NIV84) — 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV84) — 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 3:7–8 (NIV84) — 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
Proverbs 8:13 (NIV84) — 13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
John 3:16 (NIV84) — 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God loves mercy, justice (Psalm 11:17), righteousness, generosity
Proverbs 14:27a (NIV84) — 27a The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life…
Proverbs 19:23a (NIV84) — 23a The fear of the Lord leads to life…
Proverbs 14:26 (NIV84) — 26 He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:27 (NIV84) — 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Proverbs 15:16 (NIV84) — 16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
Proverbs 16:6 (NIV84) — 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.
Proverbs 10:27 (NIV84) — 27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Proverbs 23:17 (NIV84) — 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 2:1–5 (NIV84) — 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.