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do not be afraid

genesis 15.1 :: after these things the word of the LORD came to abram in a vision, “do not be afraid, abram, i am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

genesis 21.17-18 :: and god heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of god called to hagar from heaven, and said to her, “what troubles you, hagar? do not be afraid; for god has heard the voice of the boy where he is. come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for i will make a great nation of him.”

genesis 26.23-24 :: from there [isaac] went up to beer-sheba. and that very night the LORD appeared to him and said, “i am the god of your father abraham; do not be afraid, for i am with you and will bless you and make your offspring numerous for my servant abraham’s sake.”

genesis 46.1-4 :: when israel set out on his journey with all that he had and came to beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the god of his father isaac. god spoke to israel in visions of the night, and said, “jacob, jacob.” and he said, “here i am.” then he said, “i am god, the god of your father; do not be afraid to go down to egypt, for i will make of you a great nation there. i myself will go down with you to egypt, and i will also bring you up again; and joseph’s own hand shall close your eyes.”

exodus 14.13-14 :: but moses said to the people, “do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today; for the egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. the LORD will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

deuteronomy 2.21 :: see, the LORD your god has given the land to you; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the god of your ancestors, has promised you; do not fear or be dismayed.

isaiah 43.4-5 :: because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and i love you,
i give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
do not fear, for i am with you;
i will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west i will gather you

luke 1.12-14 :: when zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. but the angel said to him, “do not be afraid, zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. your wife elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him john. you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”

luke 1.30 :: the angel said to her, “do not be afraid, mary, for you have found favor with god. and now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him jesus.”

matthew 1.19-21 :: her husband joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. but just when had had resolved to do this, an angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “joseph, son of david, do not be afraid to take mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the holy spirit. she will bear a son, and you are to name him jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

luke 2.9-10 :: then an angel of the lord shone around [the shepherds], and they were terrified. but the angel said to them, “do not be afraid; for see–i am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”

matthew 10.29-31 :: are not two sparrows sold for a penny? yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your father. and even the hairs of your head are all counted. so do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

luke 12.22-34 :: [jesus] said to his disciples, “therefore i tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. for life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. consider the ravens . . . . consider the lilies . . . . do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. sell your possessions, and give alms. make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

john 12.12-15 :: the next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that jesus was coming to jerusalem. so they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
blessed is the one who comes in the name of the lord —
the king of israel!”
jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written:
do not be afraid, daughter of zion.
look, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

john 14.27 :: peace i leave with you; my peace i give to you. i do not give to you as the world gives. do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

matthew 28.1-10 :: after the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, mary magdalene and the other mary went to see the tomb. and suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the lord, descending from heaven, cam and rolled back the stone and sat on it. his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. for fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. but the angel said to the women, “do not be afraid; i know that you are looking for jesus who was crucified. he is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. . . . so they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. suddenly jesus met them and said, “greetings!” and they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. the jesus said to them, “do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to galilee; there they will see me.”

acts 18.9 :: one night the lord said to paul in a vision, “do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent.”

revelation 1.17-18 :: when i saw him, i fell at his feet as though dead. but he placed his right hand on me saying, “do not be afraid; i am the first and the last, and the living one. i was dead, and see, i am alive forever and ever; and i have the keys of death and of hades.”


About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science


One thought on “do not be afraid

  1. Wow! You beat me to it. Your comment on my blog had me thinking I needed to look these instances up myself. Thanks!

    Posted by Rustin S | 4 April, 2007, 12:47 am

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