Matthew 10:20

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

Matthew 10:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
ESV
20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
NLT
20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
MSG
20 the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.
CSB
20 because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.

Matthew 10:20 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 10:20

For it is not ye that speak
Not but that they were to speak the words, and did; but then both the things they spoke, and the very words in which they spoke them, were not of themselves, but were suggested and dictated by the Spirit of God; for as "the preparation of the heart" in them, so "the answer of the tongue" by them, were both "from the Lord": the Spirit, he was the efficient cause, they were only instruments; for not they of themselves spoke; or not so much they,

but the Spirit of your father, which speaketh in you,
or "by you": what they should say was not to be dictated by their own spirit or natural understanding, nor by an angel, but by the Spirit of God; called the "Spirit of" their "father", because he proceeds from him, is of the same nature with him, and is the reason of his being given to them: and this character of him might serve to strengthen their faith in the expectation of him, and in the assistance promised, and to be had by him; since he was the spirit of him, who stood in the relation of a father to them, and bore a paternal affection for them.

Matthew 10:20 In-Context

18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Luke 12:11,12; Acts 4:8