Matthew 10:19
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New International Version
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,

New Living Translation
When you are arrested, don't worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.

English Standard Version
When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

New American Standard Bible
"But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.

King James Bible
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when they hand you over, don't worry about how or what you should speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour,

International Standard Version
When they hand you over, don't worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say, because in that hour what you are to say will be given to you.

NET Bible
Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, for what you should say will be given to you at that time.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But when they arrest you, do not be anxious how or what you will speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you should say.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they hand you over [to the authorities], don't worry about what to say or how to say it. When the time comes, you will be given what to say.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

King James 2000 Bible
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.

American King James Version
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.

American Standard Version
But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak.

Darby Bible Translation
But when they deliver you up, be not careful how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given to you in that hour what ye shall speak.

English Revised Version
But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given to you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Weymouth New Testament
But when they have delivered you up, have no anxiety as to how you shall speak or what you shall say; for at that very time it shall be given you what to say;

World English Bible
But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.

Young's Literal Translation
'And whenever they may deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye may speak, for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19, 20. - For these two verses, compare (besides Mark 13:11; Luke 21:15; vide supra, ver. 17) Luke 12:11, 12, with which there is doubtless a common basis. As the two verses do not seem to have in Luke 12. a very close connexion with their context, it is probable that there also, as here, they are taken from a speech of later date. But when they deliver you up, take no thought; be not anxious (Revised Version); Matthew 6:25, note. So also Luke 12:2; but Luke 21:14 goes further, and forbids the disciples to "meditate beforehand how to answer." Bengel says here, Usa, non curandi, cura sit. How or what. The general direction or the actual matter. Ye shall speak - i.e. in defence, as defined in Luke 12:11; Luke 21:14 - for it shall be given you in that same (omit "same," with the Revised Version) hour what ye shall speak. And if in similar extraordinary circumstances, the Christian may expect similar extraordinary help. The omission of this clause by some Western authorities is probably due to the fact that the next verse also begins with "for," and contains a promise that much resembles this. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you (cf. Genesis 41:38). Observe:

(1) The thoughtful reminder, "your Father," whose children you have become (Matthew 5:16, note), and whose protection you may look for.

(2) It is not said that the Father, but that the Spirit speaks (cf. Acts 4:8; Acts 13:9; and, for Christ speaking, 2 Corinthians 13:3).

(3) The phrase is quite compatible with, but would hardly have then been understood as expressing, the personality of the Holy Spirit.

(4) Though the promise would doubtless hold good, and that in a special degree, for the most important of all "defences," the writing of Holy Scripture, yet even there it did not preclude the use of human means (Luke 1:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But when they deliver you up,.... The apostles hearing that they should be delivered up to councils, and brought before governors and kings, might be under some concern how they should behave, and what they should be able to say in vindication of themselves and truth, before such great persons; they not being used to converse with men in such high stations: they were illiterate men, and of no elocution; men of mean birth, low life, most of them poor fishermen; and might fear, on these accounts, that the Gospel would suffer for want of able persons to defend it before the great ones of the earth. Now, in order to remove these their fears and objections, and to strengthen and comfort their minds, our Lord bids them, when this would be their ease, that the Jews would deliver them to the Roman magistrates, to

take no thought how, or what ye shall speak; not to be anxiously concerned, neither as to the matter, or manner of what they should say in their defence: they should have no occasion, as orators do, to take pains, and rack their thoughts, to prepare a studied, elaborate oration, dressed with all the flowers of rhetoric, filled with the most moving and powerful arguments, and clothed with diction of the strictest propriety and elegance; for they should want neither words, nor things; they should have arguments put into their mouths, and helped to proper language to express them in:

for it shall be given you in the same hour, what ye shall speak; immediate assistance should be afforded them either by his father, or himself; or rather, the blessed Spirit, who would suggest unto them, at once, things, the most proper to be said, and help them to deliver them in the most proper manner: and these are the most convincing arguments, and that the best elocution, which the Spirit of God helps men to; these vastly exceed all the art of men, and strength of nature. This was greatly verified in Peter and John, two poor fishermen, when before the council, and in Stephen the protomartyr.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. But when they deliver you up, take no thought—be not solicitous or anxious. (See on [1257]Mt 6:25).

how or what ye shall speak—that is, either in what manner ye shall make your defense, or of what matter it shall consist.

for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak—(See Ex 4:12; Jer 1:7).

Matthew 10:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Comfort in Persecution
18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19"But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20"For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:12
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

Matthew 6:25
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

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

Mark 13:11
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:11
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

Luke 12:12
for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."

Luke 21:12
"But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.
Treasury of Scripture

But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.

when.

Mark 13:11-13 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought …

Luke 12:11 And when they bring you to the synagogues, and to magistrates, and …

Luke 21:14,15 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you …

take.

Matthew 6:25,31,34 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

it shall.

Exodus 4:12,15 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what …

Jeremiah 1:7,9 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O …

Acts 4:8-14 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers …

Acts 5:29-33 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to …

Acts 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

Acts 26:2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa…

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

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