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Redskins' Star QB On Coming To D.C.: 'I Fear God'
CNSNews.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.

Posted on 11/30/2012 9:48:27 AM PST by CNSNews.com

In an interview with NBC Washington, NFL sensation Robert Griffin III ("RG3") told WRC-TV sports reporter Dan Hellie that his biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C. to be an NFL quarterback was God.

Hellie asked the Washington Redskins' star quarterback, "Everybody fears something. What was your biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C., to be an NFL quarterback?

"You try not to fear too many things. I fear God," Griffin responded.

"RG3" also told Hellie that he fears his parents saying, "you don't want to let people down, and some would say that's pressure, but I didn't fear it.

"I just wanted people to know that I don't plan on letting you guys down and I don't want to let anybody down, so that's why I work hard. That's why I believe in myself and I trust myself when I'm out there on the field."

Robert Griffin III was selected by the Redskins in the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Prior to the draft, Griffin played college football at Baylor University and won the Heisman Trophy in 2011.


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1 posted on 11/30/2012 9:48:31 AM PST by CNSNews.com
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I will never fear God. As God is Love and His perfect Love casts out all fear.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 9:49:58 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 9:51:30 AM PST by Pietro
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“What was your biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C.?”

Possibly God’s wrath on Sodom!!!


4 posted on 11/30/2012 9:51:57 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: Pietro

“Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

Learning to “Fear” in order to know God and His wisdom is like saying it is good to crash into the highway guardrails as you now know what not to do in the future.


5 posted on 11/30/2012 9:54:31 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired
I will never fear God.

Gen. 42:18
Psa 66:16
Ecc 12:13
Luke 23:40
1 Peter 2:17
Rev 14:7

You may want to re-think your position.

6 posted on 11/30/2012 9:54:35 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: tired&retired

Yes, we are to love God, who is Himself Love.

But we are also told to fear Him.

Contradiction? No. But you really need to dig into the biblical meaning of “fear” in order to understand that ...


7 posted on 11/30/2012 9:54:43 AM PST by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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I'm a big time NY Football Giant's fan....but I must say I am impressed by this kid...and can't help by like him...

Genuine, humble, talented and appears to have his priorities straight....RG III has quite an upside if manges to stay focused on what really matters....
8 posted on 11/30/2012 9:55:42 AM PST by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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I'm a big time NY Football Giant's fan....but I must say I am impressed by this kid...and can't help by like him...

Genuine, humble, talented and appears to have his priorities straight....RG III has quite an upside if he manages to stay focused on what really matters....
9 posted on 11/30/2012 9:56:22 AM PST by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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What was your biggest fear coming to Washington, D.C., to be an NFL quarterback?

Big Blue!
10 posted on 11/30/2012 9:57:20 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: CNSNews.com

RG3 sounds like a wise young man.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 9:58:45 AM PST by petitfour
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To: tired&retired
"Learning to “Fear” in order to know God and His wisdom is like saying it is good to crash into the highway guardrails as you now know what not to do in the future."

Your problem is with scripture. As noted above "The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom" is a direct quote from the Psalms, Proverbs and the book of Ecclesiastes.

12 posted on 11/30/2012 9:59:12 AM PST by circlecity
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To: tired&retired

This is what Galatians 5 is about:

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

The Law is not removed, not one dot of it. But you follow the Law out of Love, not out of fear of retribution or abandonment.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 9:59:24 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: CNSNews.com

I like T-Bone Steaks!


14 posted on 11/30/2012 9:59:35 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (yup)
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To: Theo
"But you really need to dig into the biblical meaning of “fear” in order to understand that ..."

While the biblical meaning is larger than the traditional, contemporary meaning is does include the traditional, contemporary meaning.

15 posted on 11/30/2012 10:01:01 AM PST by circlecity
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To: ShadowAce
Here's another one:

Because they do not change,
Therefore they do not fear God.

-Psalm 55:19-

16 posted on 11/30/2012 10:02:18 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Pietro; tired&retired

In the third grade, preparing for Confirmation, I learned that ‘Fear of the Lord’ was fearing to do anything to injure my relationship with God.


17 posted on 11/30/2012 10:02:36 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: ShadowAce

I will check each of them. I expect the original Greek or Hebrew word translates to “Reverence” rather than fear.


18 posted on 11/30/2012 10:02:55 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

You cannot discard Scripture passages that you don’t like. Scripture says plainly:

“You who fear the Lord, praise him!”
“The Lord confides in those who fear him”
“Let all the earth fear the Lord”
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.”
“My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil”
“A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil”
“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.”
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
... and so on ...

It appears contradictory to both love and fear the Lord. But wrestle with this tension, rather than discard it.


19 posted on 11/30/2012 10:04:25 AM PST by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: circlecity

I agree with you.


20 posted on 11/30/2012 10:05:23 AM PST by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: ShadowAce

“phobeo” also translates as “to be in awe, to revere, to hold in reverence.

Strongs #5399 page 76 Greek translations


21 posted on 11/30/2012 10:07:14 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
22 posted on 11/30/2012 10:09:09 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: tired&retired
I will never fear God. As God is Love and His perfect Love casts out all fear.

Open a Bible sometime. The love of God is only part of the story.
23 posted on 11/30/2012 10:10:21 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: tired&retired
I don't think you have a Biblical understanding of what is meant by fear. If you did, you wouldn't have said "I will never fear God."

Fear (not in the sense of being afraid) is essential to our relationship with God and the beginning of wisdom. I ask this question: Do you believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God? If so...here are some verses for you to ponder...research and meditate on:

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,

Proverbs 2:5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 16:6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.

Isaiah 11:2, 3 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,"

Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

2 Corinthians 5:11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. "

24 posted on 11/30/2012 10:11:49 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: Slyfox
In the third grade, preparing for Confirmation, I learned that ‘Fear of the Lord’ was fearing to do anything to injure my relationship with God.

Matthew 10:28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
25 posted on 11/30/2012 10:13:12 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: tired&retired
Yes, God is Love. He is also Lord, Master and Judge. He rules in righteousness which means that all truth is His and we transgress His Will at our peril. Never forget that God has complete and ultimate control. If you don't hold Him in the kind of awe that He deserves, you don't understand him.

In Revelation, John was so awestruck at Jesus's appearance that he fell at His feet "as one dead". THAT is what RG3 is talking about.

26 posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:08 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: tired&retired
>>>>I will check each of them. I expect the original Greek or Hebrew word translates to “Reverence” rather than fear.

Nope. In the Greek...the word used is phobos.

Fear. Claustrophobia...fear of closed, small spaced. ____phobic...fear of whatever.

PHOBOS.

In the Hebrew...its yir'âh. That is also fear...mixed with reverence....but not just reverence alone.

27 posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:54 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: CNSNews.com

He will not be popular since he said that.


28 posted on 11/30/2012 10:23:43 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: tired&retired

That’s the translation I had always heard, “awe”. Considering that He created the Universe just by speaking, that He created humankind knowing very well the price He would pay, and that He sent His Son to live as a man and die on a cross... well, all I can say is that we serve an awesome God!


29 posted on 11/30/2012 10:25:18 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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Because of RG3, the unthinkable is happening here in Dallas, more and more people actually rooted for the Redskins against the Cowboys. RG3 is Jerry Jones’ biggest nightmare.


30 posted on 11/30/2012 10:26:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ShadowAce

Traced every one of these scriptures back and the two words translated to fear in the edition you use can also be translated as reverence. (I use Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

Tell me, how can you be in fear and also: Matthew 22:37
He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Ephesians 5:2
and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7
for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

1 John 4:7
[ God Is Love ] Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:16
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

1 John 5:1
[ Faith Conquers the World ] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.

1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

Jude 1:21
keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

And most important:

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.


31 posted on 11/30/2012 10:26:16 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: Theo

Theo... Then explain just this one scripture section: 1John 4

16 God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.


32 posted on 11/30/2012 10:30:40 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: Theo

Shouldn’t you both be using the same meaning? Sounds like the meaning of fear is relative to the person’s reference.


33 posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:59 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: NELSON111

+1000


34 posted on 11/30/2012 10:34:02 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: NELSON111

+1000


35 posted on 11/30/2012 10:34:27 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: tired&retired
As God is Love and His perfect Love casts out all fear.

Context, context, context.

36 posted on 11/30/2012 10:39:31 AM PST by lupie
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To: CNSNews.com

37 posted on 11/30/2012 10:43:05 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Pietro

Fear of God is a basic religious foundation....first, you fear...and once God has your attention, then you love and respect, and obey....


38 posted on 11/30/2012 10:48:27 AM PST by cherry
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I have an athiest friend who has RGIII on his fantasy team. I guess he should drop him now.


39 posted on 11/30/2012 10:51:20 AM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: tired&retired
Traced every one of these scriptures back and the two words translated to fear in the edition you use can also be translated as reverence.

Correct. That was also RGIII's use of the word as well.

You misinterpreted the word as he used it.

40 posted on 11/30/2012 10:51:30 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: circlecity

“Your problem is with scripture. As noted above “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” is a direct quote from the Psalms, Proverbs and the book of Ecclesiastes. “

The original word translated as “fear” in each of the scriptures you noted can be translated as “reverence.” Look it up.

Fear, like the doubt in Peter when he was walking on the water, will cause one to sink away from God.

In demons it is the fear of God that causes them to run. Demons had to obey Jesus out of fear as they thought His Love would kill them, just as the eunuchs were killed when they touched the ark of the covenant. If you fear God, then there must be a demon in you that creates the fear! Luke 8:37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.

I have no fear of God and I never will as fear would cause me to run from, rather than embrace God.

Fear shuts down the heart, Love opens the heart. I prefer to be open and allow the Holy Spirit to flow into me.

Do you fear your wife or love her? It’s virtually impossible to do both at the same time unless you really don’t understand LOVE.

Luke 8:50
When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.”


41 posted on 11/30/2012 10:58:41 AM PST by tired&retired
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Fear of the Lord is a good starting point but RG III also needs to fear the legacy of Vinnie Cerrato i.e. the fact that the deadskins don’t have anything much resembling an offensive line and have ruined two other franchise QBs over the last dozen years or so. If he’s very lucky he can hope to stay healthy until Shnahan and Bruce Allen can get a real line in front of him and one or two decent receivers.


42 posted on 11/30/2012 11:00:58 AM PST by varmintman
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To: tired&retired

CONTEXT CONTEXT CONTEXT


43 posted on 11/30/2012 11:06:24 AM PST by sigzero
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To: NELSON111

It just goes to show you how woefully inadequate language is. Our relationship with the Creator of the Universe cannot be contained in a single word. We need a panoply. In no particular order (and even this does not exhaust it):

Fear
Awe
Reverence
Veneration
Love
Adoration
Wonder


44 posted on 11/30/2012 11:06:24 AM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: NELSON111
STRONGS NT 5401: φόβος 2. reverence, respect (for authority, rank, dignity): Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:18; 1 Peter 3:16 (15); ἡ ἐν φόβῳ ἀναστροφή, behavior coupled with (cf. ἐν, I. 5 e.) reverence for one's husband, 1 Peter 3:2; φόβος with a genitive of the object: τοῦ κυρίου, Acts 9:31; 2 Corinthians 5:11; Χριστοῦ, Ephesians 5:21 (not Rec.); Θεοῦ, Romans 3:18; 2 Corinthians 7:1; (Ephesians 5:21 Rec.); Θεοῦ is omitted as suggested by the context, 1 Peter 1:17; (often in the O. T. יְהוָה יִרְאַת and אֱלֹהִים יִרְאַת). (Synonyms: see δειλία, δέος, at the end; cf. φοβέω.) While phobos can mean both reverence, respect or fear. Read it both ways in context and see which word makes the most sense in the over all.
45 posted on 11/30/2012 11:07:39 AM PST by tired&retired
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To: PigRigger
Me too. I have heard him speak. He is intelligent, well read and has excellent diction. To all outward appearances, a fine young man.

Inwardly, he seems to have his head straight.

46 posted on 11/30/2012 11:20:52 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: CNSNews.com

Which God?...........


47 posted on 11/30/2012 11:37:37 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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48 posted on 11/30/2012 11:43:02 AM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: tired&retired
"The original word translated as “fear” in each of the scriptures you noted can be translated as “reverence.” Look it up."

Oh, I am quite familiar with the Hebrew word "yir'ah" (yr'h) and while reverance is an included aspect it is still properly translated as fear and included fear as traditionally understood. See: Ex 20:20 when Moses tells the scared people "Do not fear" - same word. This is why it is translated as fear in the KJV, NIV, ESV, NASB and RSV. I imagine the same is true with the Catholic translations also but I'm not really as well read in DR or NAB as I am in the others.

49 posted on 11/30/2012 11:46:55 AM PST by circlecity
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To: tired&retired
"STRONGS NT 5401: φόβος"

That is NT and the quotes everyone has been referring to are OT. Even the NT word you cite, Fear is the primary meaning and reverance is a secondary meaning thus, the number "2" in your lexicon cite. You conveniently the the "1" primary meaning out.

50 posted on 11/30/2012 11:52:50 AM PST by circlecity
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