Matthew 10:20
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New International Version
for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

New Living Translation
For it is not you who will be speaking--it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

English Standard Version
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

New American Standard Bible
"For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

King James Bible
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.

International Standard Version
It won't be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

NET Bible
For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For it will not be you speaking, but The Spirit of your Father speaking in you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, you're not the ones who will be speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks through you.

American King James Version
For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

American Standard Version
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.

Darby Bible Translation
For *ye* are not the speakers, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

English Revised Version
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

Weymouth New Testament
for it is not you who will speak: it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

World English Bible
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

Young's Literal Translation
for ye are not the speakers, but the Spirit of your Father that is speaking in you.
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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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For it is not ye that speak,.... Not but that they were to speak the words, and did; but then both the things they spoke, and the very words in which they spoke them, were not of themselves, but were suggested and dictated by the Spirit of God; for as "the preparation of the heart" in them, so "the answer of the tongue" by them, were both "from the Lord": the Spirit, he was the efficient cause, they were only instruments; for not they of themselves spoke; or not so much they,

but the Spirit of your father, which speaketh in you, or "by you": what they should say was not to be dictated by their own spirit or natural understanding, nor by an angel, but by the Spirit of God; called the "Spirit of" their "father", because he proceeds from him, is of the same nature with him, and is the reason of his being given to them: and this character of him might serve to strengthen their faith in the expectation of him, and in the assistance promised, and to be had by him; since he was the spirit of him, who stood in the relation of a father to them, and bore a paternal affection for them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you—How remarkably this has been verified, the whole history of persecution thrillingly proclaims—from the Acts of the Apostles to the latest martyrology.

Matthew 10:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Comfort in Persecution
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. 21"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:12
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

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

Acts 2:4
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 4:8
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!

Acts 13:9
Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said,

2 Corinthians 13:3
since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
Treasury of Scripture

For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

but.

2 Samuel 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, …

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak …

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

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

Acts 7:55,56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into …

Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy …

your.

Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly …

Luke 12:30-32 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and …

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