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Therefore shall the strong [`az] people [`am] glorify [kabad] thee, the city [qiryah] of
the terrible [`ariyts] nations [gowy] shall fear [yare'] thee. KJV-Interlinear
3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless
nations will fear you. ESV
More often than not, people do not pay attention to God or Christ or the Bible. Even among those who follow different religions, they live their life with their religion intertwined in one way or another, but they are not fanatically inclined to follow their religion to the letter. It is more for public show, or convenience, than anything.
Then there comes a time when reality steps into the life of the person and God demonstrates the fallacy of their pattern of life. That living a life without truth, is living a lie, and being oblivious to truth, will end up getting you into trouble. That eventual trouble will be a real eye opener.
Unfortunately the word for glorify here refers to only recognition of something or someone greater than they are.
And fear, refers to dread.
When people live in a fog with respect to reality, then when reality strikes, they are shocked or put into shock.
This does not mean they will change their ways or change their life or their beliefs. It only means that they will suddenly be afraid of something that is more powerful and dreadful for the time being. Most every unbeliever will look at disaster or hard times and expect that they will pass, just as the weather passes or as the seasons pass.
But in the final end of ones life, or in this case at the end of history, things will not simply pass by and resume as they were. At the end of ones life, the end is final with no do-overs, with no continuations.
And at the end of history, the recognition of God and His awesome power will be universal and worldwide and final.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.