Matthew 10 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. 1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 This is the list of the twelve he sent: Simon (they called him Peter, or "Rock"), Andrew, his brother, James, Zebedee's son, John, his brother, 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3 Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the tax man, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
4 Simon, the Canaanite, Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him). 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
6 Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 Tell them that the kingdom is here. 7 As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'
8 Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
9 "Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts;
10 You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light. 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.
11 "When you enter a town or village, don't insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave. 11 "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave.
12 "When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
13 If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
14 If they don't welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.
15 You can be sure that on Judgment Day they'll be mighty sorry - but it's no concern of yours now. 15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 "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. 16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
17 "Don't be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation - just because you believe in me. 17 "Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues.
18 Don't be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they've done you - and me - a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19 And don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
20 the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 "When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. 21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
22 There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don't quit. Don't cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. 22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
23 It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you've run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived. 23 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.
24 "A student doesn't get a better desk than her teacher. A laborer doesn't make more money than his boss. 24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25 Be content - pleased, even - when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get. If they call me, the Master, 'Dungface,' what can the workers expect? 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
26 "Don't be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. 26 "So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
27 So don't hesitate to go public now. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
28 "Don't be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There's nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life - body and soul - in his hands. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 "What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
30 He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail - even numbering the hairs on your head! 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries. 31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 "Stand up for me against world opinion and I'll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. 32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
33 If you turn tail and run, do you think I'll cover for you? 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
34 "Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut - 34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law - cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. 35 For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--
36 Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'
37 If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me. 37 "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
38 "If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 "We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. 40 "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
41 Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. 41 Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
42 Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing." 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."