16 I am sending you
out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent
17 Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local
councils and flog you in their synagogues.
18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses
to them and to the Gentiles.
19 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,
20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking
21 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children
will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the
end will be saved.
23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the
truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the
Son of Man comes.
24 A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant
like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how
much more the members of his household!
26 So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not
be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered
in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall
to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before
my Father in heaven.
33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father
34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did
not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against
her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--
36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'
37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of
38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for
my sake will find it.