Matthew 10:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.


New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.


King James Bible
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Look, I'm sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.


International Standard Version
"Pay attention, now! I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves.


American Standard Version
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves.


Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore prudent as the serpents, and guileless as the doves.


Young's Literal Translation
'Lo, I do send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be ye therefore wise as the serpents, and simple as the doves.
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Context
Comfort in Persecution

16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues; 18And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. 20For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. 21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved. 23But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: for truly I say to you, You shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Cross References
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


Jeremiah 40:16
But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, You shall not do this thing: for you speak falsely of Ishmael.


Hosea 7:11
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.


Matthew 24:25
Behold, I have told you before.


Matthew 24:45
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?


Matthew 25:2
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.


Matthew 25:4
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.


Matthew 25:9
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.


Luke 10:3
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.


Romans 16:19
For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good, and simple concerning evil.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

as sheep.

Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

wise.

Genesis 3:1,13 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said...

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good...

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

2 Corinthians 11:3,14 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise...

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

harmless. or, simple.

Romans 16:18,19 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation...

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Strong's Concordance
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
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