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.
The rendering of the Revised Version is very happily chosen. The word is used of horses shying in view of any unusual or unexpected object. Believers are apt to be so scared; but then it is implied in the word used that a sudden fright or panic may after all arise from trifling cause. It is that which need not disturb. Whatever it is that causes the alarm it is seen to be powerless, even to vanish whenever it is boldly approached. All such trials to God's people are like the lions in the narrow path leading to the Palace Beautiful of Bunyan's allegory. They were chained as the Pilgrim espied them, but he knew it not. They have therefore only to be courageously approached, and then the voice of Watchful is heard, "Fear not the lions, for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for discovery of those that have none. Keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee."
(J. Hutchison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.