Matthew 10:18
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New International Version
On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

New Living Translation
You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.

English Standard Version
and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.

Berean Study Bible
On My account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

Berean Literal Bible
And you will be brought also before governors and kings on account of Me, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

New American Standard Bible
and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

King James Bible
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will even be brought before governors and kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the nations.

International Standard Version
You will be brought before governors and kings because of me, to testify to them and to unbelievers.

NET Bible
And you will be brought before governors and kings because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And they will bring you before Governors and Kings because of me, for their testimony and that of the Gentiles.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because of me you will even be brought in front of governors and kings to testify to them and to everyone in the world.

New American Standard 1977
and you shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and ye shall even be brought before princes and kings for my sake, for testimony unto them and to the Gentiles.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

American King James Version
And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

American Standard Version
yea and before governors and kings shall ye be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles:

Darby Bible Translation
and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.

English Revised Version
yea and before governors and kings shall ye be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Weymouth New Testament
and you will even be put on trial before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles.

World English Bible
Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.

Young's Literal Translation
and before governors and kings ye shall be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.
Study Bible
Sheep among Wolves
17But beware of men; for they will hand you over to their councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18On My account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to respond or what to say. In that hour you will be given what to say.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:46
I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings And shall not be ashamed.

Matthew 10:17
But beware of men; for they will hand you over to their councils and flog you in their synagogues.

Matthew 10:19
But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to respond or what to say. In that hour you will be given what to say.
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