Question 1: "Fear God” or " Trust God"
I have heard some say that several of the " fear God" translations from the Greek should have been translated "trust God". Is this true and if so, can you give examples of the passages?
Question 2: How can we understand “fear”?
It seems that (throughout the Bible), we have been told to "not fear" but also to "fear God".
How can we understand this word "fear" in these two contexts? If this word in these two contexts carries the same meaning, isn't this a direct contradiction?
Some bible verses for word study
"Do not fear":
Genesis 26:24 (NKJV)
And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
versus "Fear the Lord your God":
Deuteronomy 6:13 (NKJV)
You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.
We can also see this in the New Testament:
Luke 12:5 (NKJV)
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
Luke 12:32 (NKJV)
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
I won't argue that with the appropriate intention, the questioner could perhaps find the answer to their question in the alleged "exact duplicate", but these two questions are not "exact duplicates".
Is there any reason why the message, "This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question." comes up in these cases? Is this something inherited from stackexchange in general, or is it something specific to BH and intentional?
In the above example:
- No underlying Greek text is identified at all in Question 2, whereas Question 1 is asking for answers that specifically address the Greek.
- There is no discussion about how the Greek phrase that is perhaps best suited to be translated as "trust God" is sometimes translated as "fear God" (since the Greek text itself is never even discussed).
- The second answer does not directly answer the question, "Is this true ..."
I don't think that Question 1 is very well posed and I and others commented to the effect. Perhaps it should have been closed for other reasons, but what are others seeing that I am not that would lead one to see that Question 2 and Question 1 are "exact duplicates"?