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All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to carry out justice. Bible

“feared the king.” Here in 1 Kings 3:28, “feared” is the masculine noun yare (#03372 יָרֵא), and in this context is primarily carries the emphasis of “held in awe,” then “respect.” There would also be a subtle underlying sense of fear, since the King brought the judgment of God to the people. [For more on the biblical use of “fear,” see commentary on Prov. 1:7].


Commentary for: 1 Kings 3:28