Read Matthew 10:16 Using Other Translations
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.