And they shall fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you, said the LORD, to deliver you.
I. THE VEHEMENCE OF OUR FOES.
1. Formerly this virulence was manifested in revolting cruelties; lit fires of martyrdom; crowded prisons with sufferers for conscience' sake; drove thousands into exile; even disturbed ashes of pious dead to emphasise the execrations of the living.
2. Now opposition resorts to more secret, though not less deadly means. Seeks to prison confidence and joys; impede progress, disturb peace, destroy spirituality.
II. THE CERTAINTY OF OUR SECURITY. Saints may be weary, maimed, fearful, but cannot be ultimately defeated. False professors will fall a prey: indeed they tempt the tempter; but true men are sure of victory.
III. THE SOURCE OF OUR CONFIDENCE.
1. The abiding presence of the Lord.
2. The constant manifestation of the power of the Lord.
(R. A. Griffin.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.