Bible: Matthew 10:16-33

Persecution of Disciples

10:16I 1  am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 2  so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 10:17 Beware 3  of people, because they will hand you over to councils 4  and flog 5  you in their synagogues. 6  10:18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 7  because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 10:19 Whenever 8  they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 9  for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 10  10:20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

10:21Brother 11  will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 12  parents and have them put to death. 10:22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 10:23 Whenever 13  they persecute you in one place, 14  flee to another. I tell you the truth, 15  you will not finish going through all the towns 16  of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

10:24A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 17  greater than his master. 10:25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!

Fear God, Not Man

10:26Do 18  not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 19  that will not be revealed, 20  and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 10:27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 21  proclaim from the housetops. 22  10:28 Do 23  not be afraid of those who kill the body 24  but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 25  10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 26  Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 27  10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; 28  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

10:32Whoever, then, acknowledges 29  me before people, I will acknowledge 30  before my Father in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.

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