Superstitious fear opposes the fear of God

There is a superstitious fear in reference to casual things some are transported with every trifling contingency; if the salt falls towards them, or if a hare crosseth them in the way, presently they grow pale or red upon it, as if there were some evil that must ensue; this is the quintessence of folly.

—William Bates
Adapted from The Whole Works of the Rev. William Bates, 226-228.