These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.1
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Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.2
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As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven3 is near.'
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Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
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Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts;4
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take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.5
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"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave.
As you enter the home, give it your greeting.6
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If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet7 when you leave that home or town.
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I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah8 on the day of judgment9 than for that town.10
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I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.11 Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.12
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"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils13 and flog you in their synagogues.14
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On my account you will be brought before governors and kings15 as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
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But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.16 At that time you will be given what to say,
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for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father17 speaking through you.
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"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents18 and have them put to death.19
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All men will hate you because of me,20 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.21
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When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.22
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