“FEAR NOT” 365 TIMES IN THE BIBLE? REALLY?

I have heard for many years in the church that the Bible says “fear not” 365 times…..one time for every day of the year.

In 30 years of preaching I probably said it without checking it out because it was just a cool thought.

Well here’s the real story, I did check it out….it’s not there 365 times!  Not even close to 365.

But does it really matter?

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Think of it this way…..

If God , WHO CANNOT LIE, said it ONCE, THAT’S ENOUGH!

If God tells me to FEAR NOT in just one verse I believe it and don’t need it 364 other times. 

  • King James Version: 63 – fear not; 26 – be not afraid
  • New American Standard Bible:  4 – fear not; 57 – do not fear; 46 – do not be afraid

This information does not shake our faith….or at least you better not let it. It’s just a cute saying. But we as believers aren’t into cute we are into truth.

 

Trust me, I’m not trying to be the Bible police.

I just heard this said in ‘FACING THE GIANTS’ and thought “wow, that is so cool”. So I decided to check it out not to prove them wrong and find only 300 but just so I can have it in my repertoire of weapons.  

 

Honestly, after my searching it DID NOT shake my faith, it  really strengthened it to say ONCE IS ENOUGH.

 

At the very best the word for Fear, in all of it’s forms, is only listed 314 times in the original languages which includes words that have been translated into words such as terrible, dreadful, reverence, and terrible acts. As for the different translations here is what we have……

NKJV 129, NIV 66, NASB 127, ASV 148, DBY 155, HNV 44, NLT 38, ESV 137, RSV 139, YNG 115, WEB 144

 

HERE’S THE FACT……IF IT WAS THERE ONCE, THAT’S ALL WE NEED TO NOT FEAR AGAIN.

 

WITH GOD….ONCE IS ENOUGH!


3 thoughts on ““FEAR NOT” 365 TIMES IN THE BIBLE? REALLY?”

  1. Great word pastor! I have heard that as well, and never thought to research for myself. What a great sign of real “Passion For The Word”, when you hear something that has been “cliche’d” into God’s Word and have that thought that demands the facts.

    In fact, this point clarified seems to really add weight to His Words… Once is ENOUGH. What a great challenge to not only TRUST His Word, but also to accurately study and communicate His Word.

    – ONCE IS ENOUGH
    – BECAUSE IT’S TRENDY, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S TRUTH

    1. I just checked the Hebrew and “fear not” was listed 305 times in the bible, obivously OT. Checked for the Greek word “phobeo” which is 90 times in the NT. “Phobeo me” means fear not in Greek. I don’t know how to check the word combination in my program. But, it is quite possible that the phrase in the bible’s original language is indeed listed 365 times. But, like you said, commanded only once makes it significant.

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