New Defender's Study Bible Notes
1:17 every man’s work. Note the emphasis on “work” rather than “works.” God will judge our life’s work as a whole, especially the work of believing on Christ. Note John 6:28-29; James 1:4.
1:17 fear. This fear is not cowardly fear, of course, but reverential fear of God our Judge (note Luke 12:4-5; Hebrews 12:28; contrast Romans 3:18).