New American Standard Bible
A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?
King James Bible
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
Darby Bible Translation
�God is greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, and terrible for all that are round about him.
World English Bible
a very awesome God in the council of the holy ones, to be feared above all those who are around him?
Young's Literal Translation
God is very terrible, In the secret counsel of His holy ones, And fearful over all surrounding Him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
God is greatly to be feared - There is that in him which is suited to fill the mind with solemn feelings, and this is a proper state of mind with which to come before him. Nature teaches us that God should be approached with awe; and all the teachings of revelation confirm this. His power is to be feared; his justice is to be feared; his holiness is to be feared; and there is much also in his goodness, his benevolence, his mercy, to fill the mind with solemn emotions.
In the assembly of the saints - The assembly of the holy; the assembly that is convened for his worship. The reference here may be either to worshippers on earth or in heaven. Wherever, and whenever, in this world or in other worlds, creatures are engaged in the worship of God, there should be deep solemnity and reverence. On the word rendered "assembly" here - סוד sôd - a council, or assemblage for counsel, see Psalm 25:14, note; Psalm 64:2, note; compare Job 15:8. The idea here is founded on what is said in the previous verse, that none can be compared with God.
And to be had in reverence - In fear; in awe.
Of all them that are about him - That approach him; that are in his presence. The conscious presence of God should fill the mind with awe. When we feel that his eye is upon us, when we know that he sees us, how can we trifle and be thoughtless? How can we then be sinful?
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For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?
Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared.
The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
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