Mark 13:11

11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

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 "As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them.
10 And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
13 and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.