Summary: Fear of
God or God-consciousness (Taqwa in Arabic) is a virtue that has been equally
mentioned in all the scriptures as a key to success in both the worlds.
The Prosperity of Him Who Fears the LORD
1 Praise ye the LORD.
Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD,
that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth:
the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness:
he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man showeth favor, and lendeth:
he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever:
the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid,
until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed,
he hath given to the poor;
his righteousness endureth for ever; 2 Cor. 9.9
his horn shall be exalted with honor.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved;
he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away:
the desire of the wicked shall perish.