Fear does what?

Ran across this good little gem in reading Pilgrim’s Progress this morning. It is actually a comment by Cheever on the Slough of Despond, so it is not Bunyan himself, but one of his commentators:

Now this is often just the operation of fear; it sets the threatenings against the promises, when it ought simply to direct the soul from the threatenings to the promises (emphasis original, BoT edition of Pilgrim’s Progress, volume 3 of Bunyan’s works, p. 92).