Mark 13:11

11 "When they bring you, betrayed, into court, don't worry about what you'll say. When the time comes, say what's on your heart - the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you.

Mark 13:11 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 13:11

But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up
Lead to councils and courts of judicature, and deliver up to kings and rulers, to the civil magistrate, to be punished by the secular arm:

take no thought before hand;
be not previously anxious, and carefully solicitous, in a distressing way:

what ye shall speak:
to kings and rulers, by way of apology for yourselves, and your own innocence, and in defence of the Gospel:

neither do ye premeditate;
or "meditate", as the generality of copies read: Beza says in one copy it is read, "premeditate": and so in one of Stephens's, as we render it: this clause is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions:

but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour;
whatever shall be immediately suggested to your thoughts, be put into your minds, and laid upon your hearts:

that speak ye;
freely and boldly without the fear of men:

for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost:
not but that they did speak, but they were not the principal authors, either of the matter they spoke, or of the words and language in which they spoke; they were only the instruments of the Holy Ghost; they spoke as they were moved by him: hence their wisdom and eloquence in their self-defence, were amazing, and their arguments strong and unanswerable; (See Gill on Matthew 10:19), (See Gill on Matthew 10:20),

Mark 13:11 In-Context

9 "And watch out! They're going to drag you into court. And then it will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You're placed there as sentinels to truth.
10 The Message has to be preached all across the world.
11 "When they bring you, betrayed, into court, don't worry about what you'll say. When the time comes, say what's on your heart - the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you.
12 "It's going to be brother killing brother, father killing child, children killing parents.
13 There's no telling who will hate you because of me. "Stay with it - that's what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry; you'll be saved.