Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sirach 1

Sir 1:11  The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of joy.
Sir 1:12  The fear of the Lord shall delight the heart, and shall give joy, and gladness, and length of days.
Sir 1:13  With him that feareth the Lord, it shall go well in the latter end, and in the day of his death he shall be blessed.
Sir 1:14  The love of God is honourable wisdom.
Sir 1:15  And they to whom she shall shew herself love her by the sight, and by the knowledge of her great works.
Sir 1:16  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and was created with the faithful in the womb, it walketh with chosen women, and is known with the just and faithful.
Sir 1:17  The fear of the Lord is the religiousness of knowledge.
Sir 1:18  Religiousness shall keep and justify the heart, it shall give joy and gladness.
Sir 1:19  It shall go well with him that feareth the Lord, and in the days of his end he shall be blessed.
Sir 1:20  To fear God is the fulness of wisdom, and fulness is from the fruits thereof.
Sir 1:21  She shall fill all her house with her increase, and the storehouses with her treasures. 

Fear of the Lord is found all over the Bible, and rightly so.  We are called to fear the Lord, and it really makes a lot of sense since God created everything including us is the ultimate judge on where we end up for all eternity.  And to think, we can get nervous just talking to our bosses here on earth!

Reading this and other passages though, this fear of the Lord is not the same fear one associated with being afraid as one falls off a cliff or the same fear associated with getting shot at.  This is a healthy, respectful fear.  I've heard it said an earthly representation of this is the fear we may feel toward our fathers, if our relationship is healthy with them.  We love them and they love us, but they're not the ones we want to see if we do something stupid.

I wrote about this earlier here.  As I mention there, I love the fact that fear of the Lord is learned

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