In Plato's Euthyphro, Socrates in dialogue with Euthyphro is asked to clarify his questions "is all which is just pious? or, is that which is pious all just" and attempts to clarify his wording by using reverence as an example.
Immediately after Euthyphro states his lack of understanding of the piety statements, Socrates remarks "as I was saying, revered friend, the abundance of your wisdom makes you lazy." Later, Socrates claims in agreement with Euthyphro, "But where reverence is, there is fear."
With these two comments in mind, could we infer that Socrates fears Euthyphro? If so, what characteristic might Euthyphro possess which Socrates could be afraid of? Is Socrate's choice of "revered friend" at all related to his later statement?
Here is the complete passage:
Soc. And yet I know that you are as much wiser than I am, as you are younger. But, as I was saying, revered friend, the abundance of your wisdom makes you lazy. Please to exert yourself, for there is no real difficulty in understanding me. What I mean I may explain by an illustration of what I do not mean. The poet (Stasinus) sings-
Of Zeus, the author and creator of all these things, You will not tell: for where there is fear there is also reverence. Now I disagree with this poet. Shall I tell you in what respect?
Euth. By all means.
Soc. I should not say that where there is fear there is also reverence; for I am sure that many persons fear poverty and disease, and the like evils, but I do not perceive that they reverence the objects of their fear.
Euth. Very true.
Soc. But where reverence is, there is fear; for he who has a feeling of reverence and shame about the commission of any action, fears and is afraid of an ill reputation.
Euth. No doubt.