Matthew 10:16
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English Standard Version
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

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

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

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

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

Weymouth New Testament
"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.

Matthew 10:16 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

I send you forth (ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω)

Cognate to the word ἀπόστολος (apostle). The I is emphatic: "It is I that send you forth."

Wise (φρόνιμοι)

So A.V. and Rev. Denoting prudence with regard to their own safety. Wyc., wary.

Harmless (ἀκέραιοι)

Lit., unmixed, unadulterated. Used of wine without water, and of metal without alloy. Hence guileless. So Luther, without falsity. Compare Romans 16:19; Philippians 2:15. They were to imitate the serpent's wariness, but not his wiliness. "The presence of the wolves demands that ye be wary; the fact that ye are my apostles (compare "I send you") demands that ye be guileless" (Dr. Morison on Matthew).

Matthew 10:16 Parallel Commentaries

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as sheep.

Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

wise.

Genesis 3:1,13 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said...

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good...

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

2 Corinthians 11:3,14 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise...

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

harmless. or, simple.

Romans 16:18,19 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation...

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Cross References
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"

Jeremiah 40:16
But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, "You shall not do this thing, for you are speaking falsely of Ishmael."

Hosea 7:11
Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.

Matthew 24:25
See, I have told you beforehand.

Matthew 24:45
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?

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

Matthew 25:4
but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.

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