A Hard Road before Them
16 “Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].
17 Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues;
18 and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given you within that [very] hour;
20 for it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; and children will rise up and rebel against their parents and cause them to be put death.
22 And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but it is the one who has patiently persevered and endured to the end who will be saved.
23 “When they persecute you in one city [because of your faith in Me], flee to the next; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not finish going through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.Matthew 10:16-23 (AMP)