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

  • A disciple
    Hi Ann; Did you notice how that chapter 10 very closely resembles chapter 24, as well as what the Lord was telling the Apostles at the Last Supper in John 13-17? I think that tells us, that the Lord does not need to water down the truth just because we're new; but that He speaks the truth straight and direct. As we grow in grace and knowledge, and are able to understand more, He expounds more.
  • Anne
    In this chapter, Jesus prepares his disciples for Ministry to the Jews to teach them about the Kingdom of God.
  • BSP
    Verse 23: Jesus foresaw that many of his followers would be forced from their homes due to persecution. He advised ones to leave when things like that happened.
  • A disciple
    Jesus began to do and to teach, and to heal everyone who had need of healing; and then begins to charge His disciples to continue with the same work. In Matthew 5-7 was a similar thing, when Jesus began to teach about the character and nature of a disciple and now continues with what the disciples' work will be, and what kind life we should expect till He comes; just as He does at the Last Supper.
  • Insight777
    V34, the sword of Jesus is truth. What is truth varies in opinion even among family members. Arguments and strife arise over who is right and who is wrong. Jesus did not come to pander tranquility at the cost of removal of truth to appease people that want to believe lies. The very foundation of righteousness is truth. Truth must prevail, lies must perish by its sword.
  • A disciple
    Disciple; I'm sorry for having a bad reaction; forgive me. I know I'm not the only disciple, and I shouldn't object if anyone else wants to use the same for writing on here. Again, please forgive me; I'm sorry.