Luke 12:11

11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say;

Luke 12:11 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:11

And when they bring you unto the synagogues
Of the Jews, to be examined and scourged by the rulers of them:

and unto magistrates and powers;
Heathen ones; the Persic version reads, "princes and kings"; and the Ethiopic version, "princes, kings, and judges"; see ( Matthew 10:18 )

Take ye no thought how, or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye
shall say;
be not anxiously concerned, neither about the manner, nor the matter of your answer, apology, and defence: in the first part of this clause, the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions, only read, "how"; and the Arabic version only, "what"; (See Gill on Matthew 10:19).

Luke 12:11 In-Context

9 but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say;
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities add [or what]