Matthew 10:16-23 NIV

16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.1 Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.2

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17 "Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils3 and flog you in their synagogues.4

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18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings5 as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

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19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.6 At that time you will be given what to say,

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20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father7 speaking through you.

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21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents8 and have them put to death.9

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22 All men will hate you because of me,10 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.11

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23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.12

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