Do not fear! (1 Pet 3:14)

“But even if you suffer

For doing

What is right,

You are blessed.

Do not fear

What they fear!

Do not be intimidated!”

ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ πάσχοιτε διὰ δικαιοσύνην, μακάριοι. τὸν δὲ φόβον αὐτῶν μὴ φοβηθῆτε μηδὲ ταραχθῆτε,

This author said, “But even if you suffer (ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ πάσχοιτε) for doing what is right (διὰ δικαιοσύνην), you are blessed (μακάριοι).  Do not fear (μὴ φοβηθῆτε) what they fear (τὸν δὲ φόβον αὐτῶν)!  Do not be intimidated (μηδὲ ταραχθῆτε)!”  This author maintained if they suffered for doing what was right, they were blessed or happy.  On the other hand, this author cited the Greek Septuagint version of Isaiah, chapter 8:12, “Do not fear what they fear!  Do not be in dread!”  This was an oracle from God directly to Isaiah.  Isaiah and Israel were not to fear what most people feared and dreaded.  God was the only one that they should fear and dread.  The emphasis was on the good things that happened if you are made to suffer for the doing the right thing.  There was no need to worry or fear about other people and their fears.  They should only fear God himself.  Do you lead a blessed or happy life?

Do not fear! (Lk 8:50-8:50)

“When Jesus

Heard this,

He replied.

‘Do not fear!

Only believe!

She will be saved!’”


ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἀκούσας ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ Μὴ φοβοῦ· μόνον πίστευσον, καὶ σωθήσεται.


Luke said that when Jesus heard this (ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἀκούσας), he replied to the synagogue leader (ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ) that he should not fear (Μὴ φοβοῦ), but only believe (μόνον πίστευσον), because she would be saved (καὶ σωθήσεται).  Mark chapter 5:36, was similar to Luke here, almost word for word.  However, Matthew did not have this conversation, since the child was dead from the beginning.  Mark said that Jesus overheard what they were talking about.  He then turned to this synagogue leader and told him not to fear, but only believe.  Belief was a key element in many of these healing cases with Jesus.  Would you believe in Jesus at a time of death?