Strong's Concordance, Greek Dictionary

Reverence, to frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed

Greek: φοβέω, phobeō (G5399)

90 King James Bible Verses


Here are be afraid, fear, reverence and related words in the Bible. What does the source Greek word φοβέω mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: G5399

Greek Base Word: φοβέω

Usage: Be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence

Definition: To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere.

Detailed definition:

  1. To put to flight by terrifying (to scare away).
    1. To put to flight, to flee.
    2. To fear, be afraid.
      1. To be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm.
        1. Of those startled by strange sights or occurrences.
        2. Of those struck with amazement.
      2. To fear, be afraid of one.
      3. To fear (i.e., hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm).
    3. To reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience.

Derived terms: From G5401.

See also:

  1. G5401


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: foˈβɛ.o
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: fowˈve̞.ow
  3. Transliteration: phobeō
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: foh-VEH-oh
  5. Modern Pronunciation: foh-VAY-oh

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