How Many Times Does “Fear Not” Appear in the Bible?

Years ago someone told me that “fear not” was found in the Bible 365 times; once for each day of the year.  I thought about printing my own calendar and placing a different “fear not” verse on each day.  What a source of hope and confidence it would be to begin each and every day by meditating on the fact that we don’t have to fear whatever we have to face.

Much to my chagrin, “fear not” nor any of its close derivatives (fear thou not, be not afraid, etc.) can be found in the Bible 365 times.  Personal friend and close colleague, Pastor Nathan Boehm, took the time to do further research on this subject and posted his findings on his blog that I recommend for your reading (http://wordnuggets.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/how-many-times-does-the-bible-say-fear-not/).

Although not found 365 times in the Bible, “fear not” was spoken as an imperative from the lips of Jesus, and therefore should be taken as a direct command to be adhered.

There are many earthly reasons to fear today; the failing economy, bad reports from the doctor, global unrest, terrorist threats, and hopeless predictions from political prognosticators just to name a few.

However, as followers of Christ we have greater reasons to fear not; God will not fail you (Deut.31:6), God will not forsake you (1 Chron. 28:20), God is with you (Isaiah 41:10), God will help you (Isaiah 41:13), God knows you by name (Isaiah 43:1), God can do marvelous things (Joel 2:21), It is God’s pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32), and Christ is the First and the Last (Rev.1:17).

Simply put, Jesus said, “Do not fear” (Matthew 10:31 NKJV).  Hearing it once from Jesus is just as good as hearing it 365 times.  He said it, that settles it!

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3 Responses to How Many Times Does “Fear Not” Appear in the Bible?

  1. […] How Many Times Does “Fear Not” Appear in the Bible?. […]

  2. Gregg says:

    http://musingsofaministerswife.com/2012/08/so-how-many-times-is-fear-not-actually-in-the-bible/

    “After a few months of thinking about this from time to time, I had a great idea to do a printable using all 365 scripture references that deal with “fear not”. I went to my concordance to get the scripture references, and do you know what I found?

    The phrase in the intended context is only used 80+ times
    The phrase “fear not” in used in other contexts, but you wouldn’t want them to apply to you
    Other word pairings that would be equal to “fear not” (“do not be afraid”, “do not fear”, “be not afraid”) is used 30+ times

    While it’s a great idea to think that God comforted us with “Fear not” 365 times, it’s simply just not true.”

  3. Idowu Stephen says:

    It means in as much “Fear Not” could appears 365 times , so God is assuring us that we shouldn’t be affraid of anything in life . As the times occurance accummulated to days in a year.

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