Matthew 10:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 10:26, NIV: So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

Matthew 10:26, ESV: “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 10:26, KJV: Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Matthew 10:26, NASB: 'So do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 10:26, NLT: 'But don't be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.

Matthew 10:26, CSB: "Therefore, don't be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won't be uncovered and nothing hidden that won't be made known.

What does Matthew 10:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has been warning His disciples of great persecution that will happen to them as they represent Him and His teaching in the world. After all, a servant should expect to get the same as his master. Since Jesus has been lied about and will be persecuted, the disciples should expect the same (Matthew 10:24–25). He has referred to one source of that persecution: the Jewish religious leaders. They have already called Jesus Satan (Matthew 9:34; 12:24), He told them. How much more will they malign and mistreat His disciples when they begin declaring that Jesus is, in truth, the Son of God?

Now Christ insists that the apostle's response to the coming persecution must not be fear. Jesus is not warning them so they can evade persecution. He is warning them so they can endure persecution: to be will be ready for it and keep going. In the end, Christ-followers will be proved right and the true motives of Jesus' opponents will be brought to light. Everything that is "covered" and "hidden" will become known. In the very end, all will agree that Jesus is Lord, the Son of God, the Messiah (Philippians 2:9–11). The Jewish religious leaders may label Jesus' disciples as heretics and may even kill them for it, but they will be proved right and faithful before everyone.