How is the "fear of the Lord" like the law? (19:7–9)

Context:  7 
"The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes."
"The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous." (NIV)

Psalms 19:7

ESV - 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Clarify Share Report Asked November 08 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Despite the seeming possible variance of the structure of this passage with the remainder of the psalm, I would say that it is conveying a point similar to verses such as Deuteronomy 17:19 or Proverbs 15:33, where the fear of the LORD is depicted as an instructional tool or learned attribute that enables or motivates the individual possessing it to see both that the Law should be obeyed, as well as the manner in which that obedience should be exercised.

Also (as noted in the verse) the true religion or worship that results from the fear of God is everlasting, in contrast to the false worship of idols.

November 08 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
They're linked. The fear, or respect, of the LORD (Psalm 19:9) is the beginning of wisdom. A verse that BMA (Bible Memory Association, now ScriptureMemory.com) had me memorize when I was involved in the program, was Job 28:28. See also Proverbs 1:7 and Ecclesiastes 12:13.

November 10 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining