Biblical Concept: Awe, Awesome


Vocabulary: arey" / yare = fear, reverence, awe (Depending on the context.) (As you read the following Bible verses, substitute fear for awe, from time to time.)


Observations: Awe is a closely related concept to fear. Awesome God. The relationship between holy and awesome.  The relationship between fear, glory, and awe.  Awesome Day of the Lord. Awesome army. Creation awe. Awe at miracles. Awe for God. Awe for God’s Word. Expected awesome.




(Parentheses are mine.)


NAS Genesis 28:17 And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." (“Afraid” and “awesome” are the same word yare.) (Manifest destiny: See the context.) 


NAS Exodus 15:11 11 "Who is like Thee among the gods, O LORD? Who is like Thee, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? (Awesome God.) (See the place of holy in the attributes of God.) (Expected awesome.)


NAS Deuteronomy 7:21 "You shall not dread them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. (Awesome Warrior God.) (Expected awesome.)


NAS Deuteronomy 10:17 "For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe. (Awesome God.)


 21 "He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. (Awesome God.)


NAS Deuteronomy 28:58 "If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD your God, (“Fear” and “awesome” are yare. ) (The relationship between fear and awe.) (The relationship between awe and judgement.)


NAS Judges 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.


NAS 2 Samuel 7:23 "And what one nation on the earth is like Thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for Thee and awesome things for Thy land, before Thy people whom Thou hast redeemed for Thyself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?


NAS Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, "I beseech Thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, (Awesome God.)


NAS Nehemiah 4:14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: "Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."


NAS Nehemiah 9:32 "Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who dost keep covenant and lovingkindness, Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before Thee, Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and on all Thy people, From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day. (Recovering from national judgment.) (Out manned and out gunned in the 4du—awesome God needed.)


♠NAS Job 37:22 "Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty. (Awesome God.) (Expected awesome.)


NAS Psalm 45:4 And in Thy majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Thy right hand teach Thee awesome things.  (Expected awesome.)


NAS Psalm 65:5 By awesome deeds Thou dost answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, Thou who art the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea; (Expected awesome.)


NAS Psalm 66:3 Say to God, "How awesome are Thy works! Because of the greatness of Thy power Thine enemies will give feigned obedience to Thee. (Awesome God.) (Expected awesome.) (The volitional guilty insanity of 1/3 angels.)


 5 Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men. (Awesome God.) (Expected awesome.)


♠NAS Psalm 68:35 O God, Thou art awesome from Thy sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God! (Awesome God.) (Expected awesome.)


♠NAS Psalm 89:7 A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?  (The relationship between awe and fear.) (Awesome God.) (The volitional guilty insanity of 1/3 angels.)


♠NAS Psalm 99:3 Let them praise Thy great and awesome name; Holy is He. (The relationship between holy and awesome.)


NAS Psalm 106:22 Wonders in the land of Ham, And awesome things by the Red Sea. (Awesome God.)


NAS Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. (The relationship between holy and awesome.)


NAS Psalm 145:6 And men shall speak of the power of Thine awesome acts; And I will tell of Thy greatness. (Awesome God.)


NAS Song of Solomon 6:4 "You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, As lovely as Jerusalem, As awesome as an army with banners. (Awesome army.)


 10 'Who is this that grows like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners?'


NAS Isaiah 64:3 When Thou didst awesome things which we did not expect, Thou didst come down, the mountains quaked at Thy presence. (Awesome God.) (Expected awesome.)


NAS Ezekiel 1:18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.


 22 Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, extended over their heads.


NAS Daniel 2:31 "You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.


NAS Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, (Awesome God.)


♠NAS Joel 2:11 And the LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? (Day of the Lord awe.)


31 "The sun will be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.



NAS Job 25:2 "Dominion and awe belong to Him Who establishes peace in His heights.


NAS Psalm 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. (The relationship between fear, glory, and awe.)


♠NAS Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.  (The relationship between fear and awe.)


♠NAS Psalm 65:8 And they who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Thy signs; Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. (Creation awe.)


NAS Psalm 119:161 Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart stands in awe of Thy words. (That humans are required to gain so much from God’s Biblical words, is not something we would have thought of!  A plan of awe, if you will.)


♠NAS Isaiah 29:23 But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name; Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, And will stand in awe of the God of Israel. (The best is yet to come.)


NAS Malachi 2:5 "My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me, and stood in awe of My name.


NAS Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw this, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Awe at miracles.)


NAS Acts 2:43 And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. (Awe at miracles.)


♠NAS Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; (Awe for God.)