The Concept of the “Fear of God” In the Wisdom Literature: Implication for Reformation of Society and National Development

Joseph Gyanvi-Blay

Issue: Vol.6  No.1 January 2020 Article 8 pp. 69-79
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The focus of this paper is basically, on the concept of the fear of God in the wisdom literature. A cursory look reveals it is a unifying factor a principle of wisdom and steps or curriculum to wisdom. Content analysis of the wisdom literature is done, and it revealed that the fear of God is to hate evil or turn away from evil and lead a blameless life. Some of the benefits are long life, security, confidence and hope during the time of crisis. In literature, the concept is arranged first in Proverbs as the foundation of wisdom, an embodiment of wisdom in Job and conclusion of life in Qoheleth. The pedagogical steps of acquiring wisdom through the fear of God will equip every Ghanaian learner with the mature conscience of knowing what is right and being delighted to do it.

Keywords: Fear of God, wisdom, hate evil, reformation, society, national development

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JOSEPH GYANVI-BLAY is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Theology, Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana. He holds an M.A in Religion and Human Values from the University of Cape-Coast, Ghana and has submitted an MPhil thesis awaiting defense in the same field of study. Email:,

Gyanvi-Blay, Joseph. “The Concept of the “Fear of God” in the Wisdom Literature: Implication for Reformation of Society and National Development.” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies 6, no. 1 (2020): 69-79.

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