Philippians 1:28
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New International Version
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved--and that by God.

New Living Translation
Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.

English Standard Version
and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

New American Standard Bible
in no way alarmed by your opponents-- which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

King James Bible
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your deliverance--and this is from God.

International Standard Version
and that you are not intimidated by your opponents in any way. This is evidence that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved—and all because of God.

NET Bible
and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation--a sign which is from God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And do not be shaken in anything by those who oppose us, as a demonstration of their destruction and of your life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So don't let your opponents intimidate you in any way. This is God's way of showing them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of saving health and that of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

American King James Version
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

American Standard Version
and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in nothing be ye terrified by the adversaries: which to them is a cause of perdition, but to you of salvation, and this from God:

Darby Bible Translation
and not frightened in anything by the opposers, which is to them a demonstration of destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God;

English Revised Version
and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God;

Webster's Bible Translation
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

Weymouth New Testament
Never for a moment quail before your antagonists. Your fearlessness will be to them a sure token of impending destruction, but to you it will be a sure token of your salvation--a token coming from God.

World English Bible
and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

Young's Literal Translation
and not terrified in anything by those opposing, which to them indeed is a token of destruction, and to you of salvation, and that from God;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:27-30 Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word conversation denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - And in nothing terrified by your adversaries; literally, snared, as a frightened horse. Which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation; translate, seeing that it (your courage) is to them an evident token of perdition, but (with the best manuscripts) of your salvation. And that of God. These words are to be taken with "an evident token." The courage of God's saints in the midst of dangers is a proof of his presence and favor, a token of final victory (comp. 2 Thessalonians 1:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And in nothing terrified by your adversaries,.... Not by Satan, though a roaring lion, for Christ is greater than he; nor by the world which Christ has overcome; nor by false teachers, though men of art and cunning; nor by violent persecutors, who can do no more than kill, the body; let not the power, the rage, the cunning, or the violence of one or the other, move, discourage, or affright from a close attachment to the Gospel and the truths of it:

which is to them an evident token of perdition; when men wilfully oppose themselves to the truth, and show a malicious hatred to it, and hold it in unrighteousness, and either turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, or persecute it with rage and fury, it looks as if they were given up to reprobate minds, to say and do things not convenient; as if they were foreordained to condemnation; and were consigned over to destruction and perdition; and very rare it is, that such persons are ever called by grace:

but to you of salvation; when men are reproached and ridiculed, are threatened and persecuted for the sake of the Gospel, and are enabled to take all patiently, and persevere in the truth with constancy, it is a manifest token that such are counted worthy of the kingdom of God; that God has a design of salvation for them, and that they shall be saved with an everlasting one: so that the different effects of the opposition of the one, and the constancy of the other, are made use of as so many reasons why the saints should not be terrified by their enemies: it is added,

and that of God; meaning either that the whole of this is of God, as that there are adversaries, heretics, and persecutors; this is by divine permission, and in order to answer some ends and purpose of God, and the perdition or everlasting punishment of such persons will be righteously inflicted upon them by him; and that the constancy, faith, patience, and perseverance of the saints and their salvation, are all of God: or it particularly respects the latter, the salvation of those who persevere to the end; this is not of themselves, or merited by their constancy, patience, and perseverance, but is God's free gift. The Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, join this clause to the beginning of Philippians 1:29, thus, "and this is given of God to you", &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. terrified—literally, said of horses or other animals startled or suddenly scared; so of sudden consternation in general.

which—your not being terrified.

evident token of perdition—if they would only perceive it (2Th 1:5). It attests this, that in contending hopelessly against you, they are only rushing on to their own perdition, not shaking your united faith and constancy.

to you of salvation—The oldest manuscripts read, "of your salvation"; not merely your temporal safety.

Philippians 1:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Worthy of the Gospel
27Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28in no way alarmed by your opponents-- which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,…
Cross References
John 16:8
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

2 Thessalonians 1:5
All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
Treasury of Scripture

And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

in.

Isaiah 51:7,12 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Luke 12:4-7 And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the …

Luke 21:12-19 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute …

Acts 4:19-31 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right …

Acts 5:40-42 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

2 Timothy 1:7,8 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

an.

2 Thessalonians 1:5,6 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

but.

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for …

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

2 Timothy 2:11,12 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also …

and that.

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation …

Psalm 68:19,20 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God …

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Acts 28:28 Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to …

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