With God Is Terrible Majesty: Unparalleled Authority, Power, and Holiness

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Job 37:22: "Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty."

Here are some King James Version (KJV) Bible verses that convey similar themes of God’s grandeur, authority, and the reverence He commands:

  1. Psalm 68:35: “O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.”
  2. Deuteronomy 10:17: “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward.”
  3. Nehemiah 1:5: “And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments.”
  4. Psalm 99:3: “Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.”
  5. Revelation 15:4: “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
  6. Psalm 66:5: “Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.”
These verses underscore the reverence, awe, and respect that God's majesty commands. They speak of His unparalleled authority, power, and holiness, emphasizing the divine grandeur that sets Him apart from all creation. The overarching theme is the recognition of God's supreme majesty and the reverence that His presence and deeds inspire.

Personalizing The Above As Christian Affirmations

I stand in awe of the LORD's terrible majesty.

Job 37:22:

  • I welcome the fair weather that the LORD brings.
  • I stand in awe of the LORD’s terrible majesty.

Psalm 68:35:

  • I am empowered by the LORD, who gives strength and power to His people.
  • I am blessed by the LORD, the God of Israel.

Deuteronomy 10:17:

  • The LORD is my God, mighty and majestic.
  • I serve the LORD who is impartial and just.
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Nehemiah 1:5:

  • The LORD, God of heaven, is my great and awesome God who keeps His covenant.
  • I am under the LORD’s mercy, for I love Him and keep His commandments.

Psalm 99:3:

  • I praise the holy name of the LORD for it is great and awesome.
  • The name of the LORD is holy, and I will praise it.

Revelation 15:4:

  • I will fear and glorify the name of the LORD, for He is holy.
  • I acknowledge that the LORD’s holy judgments are revealed, and all nations will worship before Him.

Psalm 66:5:

  • I will witness the works of the LORD, for they are awe-inspiring.
  • I am humbled by the LORD’s awesome deeds toward humankind.

O God, Thou Art Terrible Out of Thy Holy Places

O God, Thou Art Terrible Out of Thy Holy Places
Psalm 68:35: "O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God."

“O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places”: The term “terrible” here refers to the awe-inspiring presence of God. It speaks to God’s majesty and power that evokes a sense of fear and wonder.

“The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people”: This emphasizes God’s role as a provider of strength and power to the Israelites. It highlights the relationship between God and His chosen people, where He is their sustainer and source of strength.

“Blessed be God”: This phrase is an expression of praise and thanksgiving. It’s a recognition of God’s greatness and the blessings He bestows upon His people.


A Great God, a Mighty, and a Terrible

Deuteronomy 10:17: "For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward."

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Deuteronomy 10:17: "For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward."


God of gods, and Lord of lords“: This phrase shows that God is the highest authority. There is no one above Him. He is the most powerful.

a great God, a mighty, and a terrible“: Here, “great” means that God is big and important. “Mighty” shows He is strong. And “terrible” doesn’t mean He’s bad; it means He’s so good and powerful that people feel a strong respect, sometimes even fear.

which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward“: God doesn’t play favorites. He doesn’t care about a person’s status or wealth. And He can’t be bribed. He treats everyone fairly based on their actions and character.

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O Lord God of Heaven, the Great and Terrible God

Nehemiah 1:5: "And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments."
Nehemiah 1:5: "And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments."

“O LORD God of heaven”: This phrase speaks to God’s sovereignty and His dwelling place, indicating that God is above all, ruling from the heavens.

“the great and terrible God”: “Great” shows God’s immensity and power, while “terrible” in this context means awe-inspiring or deserving of respect and reverence, not frightening or bad.

“that keepeth covenant and mercy”: This part tells us that God is faithful and steadfast in keeping His promises, and He is merciful, always ready to forgive and show compassion to those who love Him.

“for them that love him and observe his commandments”: This phrase means that God’s covenant and mercy are assured to those who love Him and follow His commandments, highlighting the relationship between divine blessing and human obedience.


Let Them Praise Thy Great and Terrible Name; for It Is Holy

Psalm 99:3: "Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy."
Psalm 99:3: "Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy."

“thy great and terrible name”: These words describe God’s name as both “great” and “terrible” – great in the sense of being vast and magnificent, and terrible in the sense of inspiring awe and fear due to His might.

“for it is holy”: This phrase signifies that God’s name is sacred and set apart from all else. Holiness, in this context, indicates pureness, deserving honor and veneration.


Who Shall Not Fear Thee, O Lord, and Glorify Thy Name? for Thou Only Art Holy

Revelation 15:4: "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest."
Revelation 15:4: "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest."

“Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?”: This part is asking a rhetorical question. It suggests that everyone should fear and honor God.

“for thou only art holy”: This phrase states that God is the only one who is truly holy.

“for all nations shall come and worship before thee”: This means that people from every country will worship God.

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“for thy judgments are made manifest”: This shows that God’s decisions and actions are clear for everyone to see.


Come and See the Works of God: He Is Terrible in His Doing Toward the Children of Men

Psalm 66:5: "Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men."
Psalm 66:5: "Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men."

Come and see the works of God“: This invites us to witness the deeds and power of God firsthand.

he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men“: The word “terrible” in this context means awe-inspiring or worthy of respect. God’s actions are grand and can inspire fear or awe in people.

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