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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Terrible; Terror

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ter´i - b ' 50 , ter´ẽr ( ירא , yārē' , "to be feared," "reverenced," עריץ , ‛ar̄ı̄c , "powerful," "tyrannical," אום , 'āyōm , "aweinspiring," חתּית , ḥittı̄th "terror," בּלּהה , ballāhāh , "a worn-out or wasted thing," אמה , 'ēmāh , "fright"; φοβερός , phoberós , "dreadful," φόβος , phóbos , "fear"): The above terms, and many others which employed, denote whatever, by horrible aspect, or by greatness, power, or cruelty, affrights men ( Deuteronomy 1:19; Deuteronomy 26:8; Daniel 2:31 ). God is terrible by reason of His awful greatness, His infinite power, His inscrutable dealings, His perfect holiness, His covenant faithfulness, His strict justice and fearful judgments ( Exodus 34:10; Deuteronomy 7:21; Nehemiah 9:32; Job 6:4; Job 37:22; Psalm 65:5; Psalm 88:15 f; Joel 2:11; Zephaniah 2:11; Hebrews 12:21 ). The term is also applied to the enemies of God and of His people ( Isaiah 13:11; Isaiah 25:3 ff; Isaiah 49:25; Daniel 7:7; 1 Peter 3:14 ). "The terror (the Revised Version (British and American) "fear") of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:11 ) denotes the reverence or fear inspired by the thought that Christ is judge (2 Corinthians 5:10 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Terrible; Terror'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/terrible-terror.html. 1915.

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