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

  • Irene123
    Matt. 10:34 - " ... not ... peace, but a sword." I, too, thought of a literal sword, but the Lord showed me Eph. 6:17 - " ..... the sword ..... which is the word of God." And Lk. 12:51 corroborates Matt. - " .... but rather division." The Bible does cause division - between families, friends and churches.
  • Trailus
    He would have forgiven him, but like a lot of us we let the enemy put In our head that the Farther will not forgive. Which is a lie.
  • Steve morrow
    very important Irene PROVERBS 6:16 these six things doth the LORD hate yea seven are an abomination unto HIM ....... 6:19 A FALSE WITNESS THAT SPEAKETH LIES AND HE THAT SOWETH DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN psalm 7:11 GOD judgeth the righteous and GOD is angry with the wicked every day proverbs 18:21 death 7 life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof
  • Irene123
    Judas Iscariot; can you see how Jesus loved him? He KNEW he would betray Him (even before Judas was born) yet He gave him every chance to see the light. And - after Judas betrayed Him - he maybe did see the light, but either couldn't believe he could be forgiven or God let him go. I personally believe he could have repented. We need to be very careful what we do and say.
  • Joshua Brown
    Pure word from god
  • Joyce Ballentine
    LORD WE NEED U TODAY MORE THAN EVER TO STRENGTHEN THE BODY OF CHRIST TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS AND NOT LIKE THE WORLD!!! ITS ALL OR NOTHING! Mathew 10:33 "But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in Heaven." JESUS ACKNOWLEDGED HIS FATHER BY LIVING A LIFE OF LOVE AND OBEDIENCE! AMEN! GLORY BE TO GOD!