Matthew 10:16

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, I send you foorth as sheepe in the middest of wolues: be yee therefore wise as serpents, and harmelesse as doues.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
- American Standard Version (1901)

See, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Be then as wise as snakes, and as gentle as doves.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

Remember it is I who am sending you out, as sheep into the midst of wolves; prove yourselves as sagacious as serpents, and as innocent as doves.
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
- World English Bible

Lo! Y sende you as scheep in the myddil of wolues; therfor be ye sliy as serpentis, and symple as dowues.
- Wycliffe Bible

`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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 10:16


10:16 #Luke 10:3|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 10:16


Mt 10:16 As sheep in the midst of wolves. Defenseless by human means, among the fierce and cruel; among bitter enemies. Wise as serpents. Prudent, discreet. Serpents are very cautious in avoiding danger. Harmless as doves. Guileless and innocent as doves. The dove, peaceful, never preying on other birds, has always been a symbol of innocence.

Discussion for Matthew 10

  • Word
    Rebecca kurowski He is even counting them from the hair roots out because He is within you. If you love Him He is with you and will never leave you or forsake you. Test you and trails, prove you yes so hunger for the word and as I do learn all you can and He will make Himself known to you. He loves you so much, it's beyond your mind and if your there with Him He will be there for you. Always study
  • Rebecca kurowski
    this Powerful Scripture tells me that the Creator of all heaven and earth cares for me to focus only on me when He is looking at me GOD knows how many hairs I have on my head GOD is a GOD of love and compassion.
  • Millicent
    God is really wonderful Because he alone is able to count our hair,He is the I AM THAT I AM.
  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is the word of God . In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word was God. Lets give thanks to Jesus for bringing and fulfilling the scriptures for us so that we may all have life. Thanks to the blood of Jesus praise God I will only give my praises back to you Lord Jesus for you are worthy to be praised. Amen
  • Renee
    you will know them by their fruit. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the out of God
  • MockingBird
    Notice the Lord said sent , not those that went : If your sent then God is there to back you all the way and He will let you know what is ahead : wolves : Yes , a serpent is very subtle and wise , Be that way and yes ,Dove is Holy Spirit : be gentle , let Him direct your speech.