Matthew 10:16
Good News Translation
"Listen! I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves.

Contemporary English Version
I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves.

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Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves.

as sheep.

Luke 10:3 Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves.

Acts 20:29 I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

wise.

Genesis 3:1,13 Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? . . .

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay.

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good and simple in evil.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, do not become children in sense. But in malice be children: and in sense be perfect.

2 Corinthians 11:3,14 But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ. . . .

Ephesians 5:15-17 See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, . . .

Colossians 1:9 Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding:

Colossians 4:5 Walk with wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.

harmless.

Romans 16:18,19 For they that are such serve not Christ our Lord but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches and good words seduce the hearts of the innocent. . . .

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our glory is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity of heart and sincerity of God, and not in carnal wisdom, but in the grace of God, we have conversed in this world: and more abundantly towards you.

2 Corinthians 8:20 Avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation: among whom you shine as lights in the world.

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and without blame we have been to you that have believed:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.

Context
Sheep among Wolves
15Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 16Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. 17But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?

Jeremiah 40:16
And Godolias the son of Ahicam said to Johanan the son of Caree: Do not this thing: for what thou sayst of Ismahel is false.

Hosea 7:11
And Ephraim is become as a dove that is decoyed, not having a heart: they called upon Egypt, they went to the Assyrians.

Matthew 24:25
Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.

Matthew 24:45
Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season?

Matthew 25:2
And five of them were foolish and five wise.

Matthew 25:4
But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.

Matthew 25:9
The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves.

Luke 10:3
Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves.

Romans 16:19
For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good and simple in evil.

Additional Translations
Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore prudent as the serpents, and guileless as the doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

"Remember it is I who am sending you out, as sheep into the midst of wolves; prove yourselves as sagacious as serpents, and as innocent as doves.

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

'Lo, I do send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be ye therefore wise as the serpents, and simple as the doves.
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