4. Persecution and the Way to Meet It
16 Behold, I send you forth as asheep in the midst of bwolves. Be therefore 1prudent as cserpents and guileless as ddoves.
17 And abeware of men, for they will 1deliver you up to 2bsanhedrins, and in their synagogues they will cscourge you.
18 And you will also be brought before 1governors and akings for My sake, for a btestimony to them and to the Gentiles.
19 aBut when they deliver you up, do not be banxious about how or what you should speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
20 For you are not the ones speaking, but the 1aSpirit of your Father is the One speaking in you.
21 And 1brother will deliver up brother to death, and father his child; and achildren will rise up against their parents and put them to death.
22 And you will be ahated by all because of My name. But he who has bendured to the end, this one shall be 1saved.
23 And when they persecute you in this acity, bflee into another. For truly I say to you, You shall by no means 1finish the cities of Israel until the cSon of Man comes.
24 A adisciple is not 1above the teacher, nor a bslave above his master.
25 It is sufficient for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the Master of the house 1aBeelzebul, how much more those of His household!
26 aTherefore do not fear them; for there is nothing bcovered which will not be revealed, and chidden which will not be made known.
27 What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, proclaim on the ahousetops.
28 And do not afear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather bfear 1Him who is able to cdestroy both soul and body in 2dGehenna.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for an 1assarion? And not one of them will fall to the earth apart from your Father.
30 But even the ahairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Therefore do not fear; you are of amore value than many sparrows.
32 Every one therefore who will aconfess 1in Me before men, I also will bconfess 2in him before My Father who is in the heavens;
33 But whoever will 1adeny Me before men, I also will 1deny him before My Father who is in the heavens.