Luke 21:14

14 Therefore make up your minds [a] not to prepare your defense ahead of time,

Luke 21:14 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 21:14

Settle it therefore in your hearts
Resolve on this in your minds, and let it be a rule never to be departed from: not to meditate before what you shall answer;
not to sit down, and study a form of words, and scheme of things, what to reply to the ensnaring questions, that may be thought would be asked, by kings and rulers, or any of the judges before whom they should be brought; it being natural for persons, especially of a low life, to be timorous and fearful, to appear before such great personages, and to be thoughtful and solicitous what to say to any question that may be asked them; (See Gill on Matthew 10:19).

Luke 21:14 In-Context

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name.
13 It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness.
14 Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time,
15 for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
16 You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit Therefore place (determine) in your hearts
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