365 ‘Do not be afraid’ verses?

I recently saw a post on Pinterest which declared that ‘Do not fear’ is written in the Bible 365 times – ‘one for each day of the year’. 

 

This sounded very encouraging. Having done some Bible searching in the past I was doubtful the actual phrase ‘do not fear’ would be found written in exactly that format 365 times, but thought maybe verses which communicated that sentiment in various forms – such as fear not, don’t be afraid etc… would make up this excellent number. 

 

So I re-posted this ‘fact’ on Facebook, so that others could also be encouraged. 

 

Then a few days later, I wanted to see if I could find a list of these amazing 365 verses, so that I could be encouraged by the Bible’s exhortation not to be afraid. So I started researching. And sadly, what I found, is that this wonderful number of 365 seems to be a myth. At least, if some person somewhere once counted a number of verses which gave the message ‘do not fear’ in different formats, they don’t seem to have published that list of verses. And everyone who has since tried to search the Bible has failed to find as many as 365… 

 

There are two things to point out here: 

* The Bible does tell us – lots of times – not be afraid. This message is not in doubt. God tells us to fear nothing and no one except for him. We are not to live in fear. 

* Is it important how many times? No – it is not important to salvation; God has not declared that he has said it X amount of times, so therefore we are not finding an inaccuracy in the Bible. However – as Christians we are exhorted to ‘test everything’; what good is it for me to blithely advertise facts about the Bible which are, when simply tested, not true? We should not simply accept as fact every nice thing we are told about the Bible because it sounds good – but should verify the accuracy before we pass on information. 

 

So, embarrassed that I had continued to perpetuate the myth of the 365 fear not verses, I decided to do a little Bible study myself. I have searched the Bible using an online tool for verses that tell us not to fear, not to be afraid etc. I have added in verses that encourage us to have peace in God, not to worry and not to be anxious (both general types of fear). And I have come up with a list of 145 verse! A pretty impressive number all the same. 

 

I am not claiming this an exhaustive list of fear not/be at peace verses (I was pretty picky on the peace verses, some might add quite a few more in); I have afterall only spent one afternoon looking into this – I am sure there are Bible scholars out there who might be able to add further verses to the list. Anyway, I thought I publish the list here, so you can see for yourself. 

 

And if anyone knows the origin of the 365 verses, and even better has a list of what they are – please do let me know! 

 

Milly’s Quick Bible Study of Do not Fear/be afraid/be anxious/worry verses

 

  1. Genesis 15:1 – After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.’
  2. Genesis 21:17 - God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.’
  3. Genesis 26:24 – That night the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.’
  4. Genesis 35:17 – And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her ‘Don’t despair, for you have another son’
  5. Genesis 43:23 – ‘It’s all right’, he said. ‘Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.’ Then he brought Simeon out to them. 
  6. Genesis 46:3 – ‘I am God, the God of your father,’ he said. ‘Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.’
  7. Genesis 50:19 – But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?’
  8. Genesis 50:21 – ‘So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. 
  9. Exodus 14:13 – Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.’
  10. Exodus 20:20 – Moses said to the people ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’
  11. Leviticus 26:6 - I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land and the sword will not pass through your country.
  12. Number 14:9 – Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them
  13. Numbers 21:34 – The Lord said to Moses, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon King of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.’
  14. Deuteronomy 1:17 – Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God.
  15. Deuteronomy 1:21 – See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
  16. Deuteronomy 1:29 - Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.’
  17. Deuteronomy 3:2 – The Lord said to me ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon
  18. Deuteronomy 3:22 – Do not be afraid of them; the Lord you God himself will fight for you.
  19. Deuteronomy 7:18 – But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.
  20. Deuteronomy 20:1 – When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 
  21. Deuteronomy 20:3 – He shall say: ‘Hear, Israel: today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.’
  22. Deuteronomy 31:6 - ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’
  23. Deuteronomy 31:8 – ‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’
  24. Joshua 1:9 – ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
  25. Joshua 8:1 – Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.’
  26. Joshua 10:8 – The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.’
  27. Joshua 10:25 – Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.’
  28. Joshua 11:6 – The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots’
  29. Judges 4:18 – Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, ‘Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.’ So he entered her tent and she covered him with a blanket.
  30. Judges 6:23 – But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.’
  31. I Samuel 4:20 – As she was dying the women attending her said, ‘Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.’ But she did not respond or pay any attention.’
  32. I Samuel 12:20 – Do no be afraid,’ Samuel replied. ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.’
  33. I Samuel 22:23 – Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.’
  34. I Samuel 23:17 – Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You shall be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.’
  35. I Samuel 28:13 – The king said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. What do you see?’
  36. II Samuel 9:7 – Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and  you will always eat at my table.’
  37. I Kings 17:13 – Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and make something for yourself and your son.’
  38. II Kings 1:15 – The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.’ So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.  
  39. ii Kings 6:16 -  Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’
  40. II Kings 19:6 - Isaiah said to them, ‘Tell your master, “This is what the Lord says: do not be afraid of what you have heard – those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.”’
  41. II Kings 25:24 – Gedaliah took an oath to reassure them and their men. ‘Do not be afraid of the Babylonian officials, he said. ‘Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go will with you.’
  42. I Chronicles 22:13 – Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave to Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. 
  43. I chronicles 28:20 - David also said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the tempe of the Lord is finished.’
  44. II Chronicles 20:15 – He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s”’
  45. II Chronicles 20:17 - “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. God out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
  46. II Chronicles 32:7 – ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.’
  47. Nehemiah 4:14 – After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’
  48. Job 5:21 – You will be protected from the last of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.
  49. Job 11:15 – then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.
  50. Job 21:9 – Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not on them.
  51. Psalm 3:6 - I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
  52. Psalm 4:8 - In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
  53.  Psalm 16:7-9 I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.
  54. Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
  55.  Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid
  56. Psalm 27:3 – Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
  57. Psalm 29:11 - The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace
  58. Psalm 46:2 – Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
  59. Psalm 49:16 – Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendour of their houses increases;
  60.  Psalm 56: 3-4 – When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 
  61. Psalm 56:11 – in God I trust and not afraid. What can man do to me? 
  62. Psalm 78:53 – He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies.
  63. Psalm 91:5 – You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
  64. Psalm 94:19 – When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
  65. Psalm 118:6 – The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
  66. Psalm 119:165 - Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them strumble. 
  67. Proverbs 3:24 – When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
  68. Proverbs 3:25 – Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked
  69. Ecclesiastes 11:10 – So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigour are meaningless. 
  70. Isaiah 7:4 – Say to him “Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smouldering stubs of firewood – because of the fierce anger or Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.”
  71. Isaiah 8:12 ‘Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.’
  72. Isaiah 10:24 – Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: ‘My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.’
  73. Isaiah 12:2 – Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.’
  74. Isaiah 17:2 – The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.
  75. Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 
  76. Isaiah 35:4 – say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’
  77. Isaiah 37:6 – Isaiah said to them, ‘Tell your master, “This is what the Lord says: do not be afraid of what you have heard – those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.’
  78. Isaiah 40:9 – You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’
  79. Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 
  80. Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the Lord you God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’ 
  81. Isaiah 41:14 – Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
  82. Isaiah 43:1 – But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’
  83. Isaiah 43:5 – Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
  84. Isaiah 44:2 – This is what the Lord says – he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
  85. Isaiah 44:8 – Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.’
  86. Isaiah 51:7 – ‘Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults’
  87. Isaiah 54:4 – ‘Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.’
  88. Isaiah 54:14 – In righteousness you will be established: tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.
  89. Jeremiah 1:8 – Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord
  90. Jeremiah 10:5 – Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do you no harm nor can they do any good.’
  91. Jeremiah 17:8 – They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.’
  92. Jeremiah 30:10 – “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” declares the Lord. “I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.”
  93. Jeremiah 40:9 – Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. ‘Do not be afraid to serve the Babylonians,’ he said. ‘Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.’
  94. Jeremiah 42:11 – Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. 
  95. Jeremiah 46:27 – ‘Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.’
  96. Jeremiah 46:28 – Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant, for I am with you; declares the Lord. ‘Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’
  97. Jeremiah 51:46 - Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumours are heard in the land; one rumour comes this year, another the next, rumours of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. 
  98. Lamentations 3:57 – You came near when I called you and you said. ‘Do not fear.
  99. Ezekiel 3:9 – I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
  100. Daniel 10:12 – Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.’
  101. Daniel 10:19 – Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,’ he said. ‘Peace! Be strong now; be strong;’ When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Speak , my lord, since you have given me strength.’
  102. Joel 2:21-22 – Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig-tree and the vine yield their riches.
  103. Zephaniah 3:16 - On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ‘Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.’
  104. Haggai 2:5 - “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.”
  105. Zechariah 8:13 – ‘Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.’
  106. Zechariah 8:15 – ‘so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.’
  107. Malachi 3:5 – So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me’, says the Lord Almighty.  
  108. Matthew 1:20 – But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’
  109. Matthew 6:25-34 – Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grown. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness , and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 
  110. Matthew 10:19 - But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say.
  111. Matthew 10:26 – ‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.’
  112. Matthew 10:28 – Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 
  113. Matthew 10:31 – So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
  114. Matthew 14:27 – But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
  115. Matthew 17:7 – But Jesus came and touched them. ‘Get up,’ he said. ‘Don’t be afraid.’
  116. Matthew 28:5 – The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.’
  117. Matthew 28:10 - Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to to go Galilee; there they will see me.’
  118. Mark 5:36 – Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’
  119. Mark 6:50 - because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
  120. Mark 13:11 – Whenever you are arrested and brought to trail, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. 
  121. Luke 1:13 – But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’
  122. Luke 1:30 – But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.’ 
  123. Luke 2:10 – But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’
  124. Luke 5:10 – and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.’
  125. Luke 8:50 - Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’
  126. Luke 12:4 – ‘I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.’
  127. Luke 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
  128. Luke 12:11 – When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
  129. Luke 12:32 – Do not be afraid, little flock, for your  Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.’
  130. John 6:20 – But he said to them, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’
  131. John 12:15 – Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt’
  132. John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  133. John 16:33 – ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’
  134. Acts 18:9 – One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.’
  135. Acts 20:10 – Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms round him. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said, ‘He’s alive!’
  136. Acts 27:24 – and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”
  137. Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
  138. Hebrews 13:6 – So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’
  139. Philipppians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  140. I Peter 3:6 – like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
  141. I Peter 3:14 – But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’
  142.  1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
  143. 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 
  144. Revelation 1:17 – When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’
  145. Revelation 2:10 – Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 
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14 Responses to 365 ‘Do not be afraid’ verses?

  1. arlene bernales says:

    Hi! Here’s my humble johnny-come-lately attempt to comment on your blog regarding the 365 fear-not verses in the Bible. I found the following on the net also and I totally agree with the writer:

    Are there Really More than 365 Fear Nots in the Bible?

    Many people say, “It’s a nice thought to say that there are 365 ‘Fear nots’ in the Bible, but it’s not true.” Indeed, there is not a version of the Bible that 365 times says, quote unquote, “Fear not.” For instance, the King James Version says “Fear not” or “Be not afraid” 103 times, but not 365 times.

    So why do I say that there are more than 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible?
    “Fear” is spoken of over 500 times in the KJV. Furthermore, in addition to the “Fear nots” many times the Bible teaches us to “Fear God,” which really means reverence God alone and do not fear anyone or anything else. Expanding the search to look at verses encouraging us not to worry or not to be anxious would add many, many more “Fear not” Scriptures. This is why I say that there are more than 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible.

    http://www.soulshepherding.org/2010/07/fear-not-365-days-a-year/

    thank you for your time. God bless us all.

  2. Milly Jones says:

    Thanks for these comments.
    I think it’s great that the message to not fear is so prevalent in the Bible. I think though by simplifying it into a statement which says “There are 365 appearances of Do Not Fear in the Bible” is both misleading (as in – the literal meaning of this sentence is not true) as well as pointless – we have picked the number 365 to coincide with the number of days. But if we truly look at the instances of how many times fear is talked about – using the parameters both of commands for us not to fear as well as talking about others fearing us, as the above link appears to do – then we get in excess of 365!

    In the end it just appears like someone is trying to manufacture a trite saying, which to anyone who is not a believer will undoubtedly cause doubt and cynicism. This is not helpful, and totally unnecessary.

    God tell us frequently that we don’t need to fear. It is a message in the Bible that is constantly repeated. We don’t need to inflate it or ‘dress it up’ by sticking a false number on it in order to make that a poignant fact.

    • Lucy Hostetler says:

      It’s my belief that God has perfectly scripted each word of the Bible and does not wish for us to tamper with it in any way…at all. I must agree with Milly’s thoughts on this. There are so very many times when we attempt to make more or less of what God has taught us. Of course, I think that even if He only told us one time to ‘fear nothing’ we should honor that command…although I must admit that I would, more often than not, slip and find myself fearful…just as I do now.

      I actually found this post while considering the notion of memorizing a different verse each day for a year to use as defense against the enemy’s tactics. Yes, it was in connection to the claim I’ve heard repeatedly over the years that the Bible says to ‘fear not’ 365 times and it was something I’ve wondered about each time I’ve heard it. I must also admit that I was a bit disappointed that it was just a myth…although the Bible does allude to this fact many more times, it’s not directly stated 365 times. Thanks, Milly! This was very interesting.
      Lucy B Hostetler

  3. David Knight says:

    Thanks for your post. I also believe that we should not “argue” about the bible but we should “test” it before passing these along. I appreciate the list you have included, however I will do a check of my own since I noticed that your list overlooked some in it’s on verses such as: #24 Joshua 1:9 – ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and “courageous”. “Do not be afraid”; “do not be discouraged”, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
    There are 3 in that passage alone. I am not criticizing in anyway. just observing. When looking up the words fear, courage and afraid, I come up with Fear (400), Courage (20), and afraid (193). Ironically that totals up to 613, though I already know they are not all related to this topic. So I will also do a search because it is a truth that we should not fear because God is with us, but passing nice sentiments that cannot be proven only give people more reason to doubt. And that’s the last thing I want to do.

    Have a blessed week!

    David

    • Milly Jones says:

      Hi David – I think doing a Bible study ourselves is always a good idea! In a way I’m glad I couldn’t find a convenient list online, as that was a lazy way to research the topic, and delving into the Bible for myself was far more profitable!
      The Joshua 1:9 verse is one of my favourites. I guess you could count it as 3, for myself I count that as one verse talking about do not fear. Either way, it’s a clear command from God!
      I hope you receive much fruit from your study. God bless, Milly

  4. Cody Johnson says:

    Here’s a pretty good list to see if you can add any you might not have

    http://www.answers.com/Q/How_many_times_does_the_Bible_tell_us_to_Fear_Not

  5. me na ba says:

    thanks but
    please i need the rest

  6. Holly says:

    Thank you for this. I too was googling the 365 fear not. My son just started 3rd grade and is having anxiety. I am wanting to give him a verse a day. Right now his go to verse is Isaiah 41:13. Thank you for your research.

  7. KEN GILBERT says:

    I believe that who ever put the “do not be afraid is in the bible 365 times”,statement ,was putting it there for encouragement rather than to be misleading anyone.every day we need encouragement.Myself i already knew it wasnt in there but when i read it posted somewhere it just gives me a feeling of encouragement and a sense of awe to not worry about anything.

  8. Victoria Goacher says:

    I agree with Ken G., it is not how many time “fear not” is in the Bible, but how many times is it found in your lives. The emphasis I believe was not to argue for silly traditions, because this has really no forbearance on the Kingdom thought, but that the Kingdom is built on “Fear not” of man. Many people gain faith by keeping these scriptures in their hearts, and if they have to do it one scripture a day well so be it, this is what strengthens their faith in God, not the argument over how many times such and such is found in the Bible this number of times. God bless you!

  9. Brandy F. says:

    I have often thought about searching for these verses – mainly because I would love to plant them as seeds in my son’s heart so that he doesn’t grow up afraid, and I’m glad I did a Google search. Your article is very well written and I appreciate the time and effort you put into this.

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