The Fear of Man

Alternative title:  “The Fear of Man Versus the Fear of the Lord”

This is a subsidiary post of Fears Other Than the Fear of God.

Contrasting post:  The Fear of God (Fear Him)

An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates a less literal reference to “the fear of man,” or even a mere implication of it (as in the contrast implied by 1 Corinthians 4:5 below).

KEYSTONE VERSE

Proverbs 29:25  –  “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.”

VERSES

*Matthew 6:1-18  –  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.  So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you…Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

*Matthew 10:28-31 (paralleled in Luke 12:4-7 below)  –  “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

*Matthew 21:23-27 (parallel accounts in Mark 11:29-33 and Luke 20:1-8 below)  –  “…Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.  The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?’  And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” He will say to us, “Then why did you not believe him?”
But if we say, “From men,” we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.’  And answering Jesus, they said, ‘We do not know.’…”

*Matthew 23:5, 6, 7  –  “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.  They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.

*Matthew 23:13-14 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.  [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]”

*Matthew 23:25-28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

*Mark 11:27-33 (parallel accounts in Matthew 21:23-27 above and Luke 20:1-8 below)  –  “…And Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one question, and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.’  They began reasoning among themselves, saying, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” He will say, “Then why did you not believe him?”  But shall we say, “From men”?’—they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet.  Answering Jesus, they  said, ‘We do not know.’…”

*Luke 11:39-41  –  “But the Lord said to him, ‘Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.  You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?  But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.'”

*Luke 11:43-44 –  “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.  Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”

*Luke 12:4-7 (paralleled in Matthew 10:28-31 above)  –  “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!  Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

*Luke 16:15  –  “…You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.'”

*Luke 20:1-8 (parallel accounts in Matthew 21:23-27 and Mark 11:29-33 above)  –  “…Jesus answered and said to them, ‘I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me: Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?’  They reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” He will say, “Why did you not believe him?”  But if we say, “From men,” all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.’  So they answered that they did not know where it came from…”

*John 5:41-44  –  “I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.  I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.  How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”

John 7:16-18  –  “So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.  If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.  He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

*John 12:42, 43  –  “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”

*Romans 2:28, 29  –  “…and his praise is not from men, but from God.”

*1 Corinthians 4:5  –  “…and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.”

*Galatians 1:10  –  “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

*Ephesians 6:5-8  –  “…in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart.  With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord…”

*Colossians 3:22  –  “Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.  Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve…”

*1 Thessalonians 2:3-6  –  “For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.  For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed–God is witness–nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.”

*Hebrews 13:5, 6 (quoting Psalm 118:6 below)  –  “…so that we confidently say, ‘THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.  WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?‘”

*****

Deuteronomy 1:17  –  “You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s…”

*1 Samuel 16:7  –  “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

*Psalm 27:1-3  –  “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?  When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.  Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.”

*Psalm 56:4  –  “In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can mere man do to me?

*Psalm 56:11  –  “In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.  What can man do to me?

*Psalm 118:6 (quoted in Hebrews 13:6 above)  –  “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?

*Psalm 146:3-10  –  “Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation…How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God…”

Proverbs 29:25  –  “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.”

*Jeremiah 17:5-8  –  “…’Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD…Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD…'”

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