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

  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:19 BUT 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 *** 10:20 FOR IT IS NOT YOU THAT SPEAK BUT THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER WHICH SPEAKETH IN YOU
  • Wayne
    The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. He that committeth sin is of the devil. For the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not.

  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:33 BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL DENY ME BEFORE MEN HIM WILL I ALSO DENY BEFORE MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN 2 TIMOTHY 2:12 IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM IF WE DENY HIM --- HE ALSO WILL DENY US ---
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:16 BEHOLD I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES BE YOU THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS --- AND HARMLESS AS DOVES --- EPHESIANS 6:17 AND TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD 6:18 PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT AND WATCHING THEREUNTO WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND SUPPLICATION FOR ALL SAINTS
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 10:16 BEHOLD I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES BE YOU THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS AND --- HARMLESS AS DOVES --- PSALM 11:5 THE LORD TRIETH THE RIGHTEOUS BUT THE WICKED AND HIM/PERSON THAT LOVETH VIOLENCE HIS SOUL HATETH
  • Steve morrow
    matthew 10:37 he that loveth father or mother more than ME is not worthy of ME and he that loveth son or daughter more than ME is not worthy of ME john 14:15 if you love ME keep --- MY COMMANDMENTS --- JOHN 14:21 HE THAT HATH --- MY COMMANDMENTS --- AND KEEPETH THEM HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME AND HE THAT LOVETH ME SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER AND I WILL LOVE HIM AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM