I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
"Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Be as wary as snakes and harmless as doves.
"Stay alert. This is hazardous work I'm assigning you. You're going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don't call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.
See, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Be then as wise as snakes, and as gentle as doves.
"See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
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1 tn Grk “Behold I.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).
2 sn This imagery of wolves is found in intertestamental Judaism; see Pss. Sol. 8:23, 30.