*Alternate* Second Reading: Various Scriptural Readings on “Fear”

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?

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.

Isaiah 35:4

Say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
     God  will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
  God will come to save you.”

Isaiah 41:13-14

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, “Do not fear;
    I will help you.”

Deuteronomy 3:22

“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God will fight for you.”

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.”

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.

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?”

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.

The Word of God as recorded in Scripture.

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