Biblical words for fear

fright – to shrink back, to encounter something more powerful than ourselves or something beyond our understanding.

The Greek word – ekthambeo from Mark 16:5 is translated affright or amazed … and they were amazed

• Isaiah 55: 8-9

• Hebrew 10:19-39


dismay - drained of confidence and courage to the point of fainting.

• Daniel 10:8-11

• Joshua 1:9


astonishment - to stupify, shocked with the inability to speak.

• Acts 9:3-7 Greek-thambeo


trembling - physical result of overpowering fear.

• Daniel 5:5-9

• Matthew 28:3-4


dread - more than afraid, but less than terrorized; intense uneasiness, alarmed, excited by expectation of a happening

• Proverbs 1:20-33

• Psalms 27:1


Greek- phobos, Hebrew- chath both words literally mean terror

Psalms 88:16 God’s judgments called terrors.

2 Corinthians 5:10-11 We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ