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Luke 12:11-12 New English Translation (NET Bible)

11 But when they bring you before the synagogues,[a] the[b] rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense[c] or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment[d] what you must say.”[e]


  1. Luke 12:11 sn The saying looks at persecution both from a Jewish context as the mention of synagogues suggests, and from a Gentile one as the reference to the rulers and the authorities suggests.sn See the note on synagogues in 4:15.
  2. Luke 12:11 tn Grk “and the,” but καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.
  3. Luke 12:11 tn Grk “about how or what you should say in your defense,” but this is redundant with the following clause, “or what you should say.”
  4. Luke 12:12 tn Grk “in that very hour” (an idiom).
  5. Luke 12:12 tn Grk “what it is necessary to say.”
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Luke 12:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

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