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Matthew 10 (English Standard Version)

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The Twelve Apostles

1 1And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, 3who is called Peter, and 4Andrew his brother; 5James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and 6Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;a 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

5 7These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of 8the Samaritans, 6 9but go rather to 10the lost sheep of 11the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, 12'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8 13Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,b cast out demons. 14You received without paying; give without pay. 9 15Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, nor two tunicsc nor sandals nor a staff, for 16the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, 17greet it. 13 And if the house is 18worthy, let 19your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let 20your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, 21shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, 22it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for 23the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

Persecution Will Come

16 24"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be 25wise as serpents and 26innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for 27they will deliver you over to courts and flog you 28in their synagogues, 18 29and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, 30to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 31When 32they deliver you over, 33do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for 34what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 35For it is not you who speak, but 36the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 37Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 38and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. 39But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they 40persecute you in one town, 41flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel 42before the Son of Man comes. 24 43"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servantd above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. 44If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they maligne those of his household.

Have No Fear

26 "So have no fear of them, 45for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on 46the housetops. 28 And 47do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him 48who can destroy both soul and body in hell.f 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?g And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But 49even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; 50you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 51So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but 52whoever denies me before men, 53I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34 54"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. 55I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 56For I have come 57to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 58And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 59Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And 60whoever does not take his cross and 61follow me is not worthy of me. 39 62Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40 63"Whoever receives you receives me, and 64whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 65The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And 66whoever gives one of 67these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward."
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