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

  • Mamie Fluker
    This book also tell us we should not love any one more than the Lord.Not father,mother children or anything.If so we are not worthy of him.Jesus you are Number 1 in my life.Thank God for Jesus!!
  • MaryLeen Dorsainvil
    Mathew chpter 10 verse 38 Jesus says we must take up our cross and follow him and he who loves his life will loose it but he who gives up his life will have eternal life. This passage is telling us that our walk with Christ will be a life that of surrender and sacrifice. Loving and serving God means that we should love and serve each other. Serving just like Jesus did when he was here
  • Lu2677
    Nana Nezi; You asked, " 5-15 is not necessary now that the kingdom of God has come?"
    Matthew 10:5, Jesus commands his apostles not to preach to the Gentiles or the Samaritans. Matthew 10:6 "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 1:15, 3:2, 10:7, 4:17. It should be apparent that 5-15 is necessary. Jesus is speaking.
  • Nana Nezi
    According to the KJV, verse 5 says that the kingdom of heaven is at hand (near) please explain your interpretation of the following: 5-15 "This is not necessary now that the kingdom God is come."?

    Thank you for your time.
  • O'Shen Robinson-Barefield
    This is plain about the purpose and cost of discipleship.
  • Louisse
    WOw I'm Super Blessed by that.