Matthew 10:16-26 (New American Standard)

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A Hard Road before Them

16 "1Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves ; so abe 2shrewd as serpents and 3innocent as doves. 17 "But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the 4courts and scourge you 5in their synagogues ; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 "6But when they hand you over, 7do not worry about how or what you are to say ; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 "For 8it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 21 "9Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child ; and 10children will rise up against parents and bcause them to be put to death. 22 "11You will be hated by all because of My name, but 12it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. 23 "But whenever they 13persecute you in cone city, flee to dthe next ; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel 14until the Son of Man comes.

The Meaning of Discipleship

24 "15A edisciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. 16If they have called the head of the house f17Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household ! 26 "Therefore do not 18fear them, 19for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
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