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1 Jesus called his twelve followers together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 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 These are the names of the twelve apostles: Simon (also called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 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 and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who turned against Jesus. 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 Jesus sent out these twelve men with the following order: "Don't go to the non-Jewish people or to any town where the Samaritans live. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
6 But go to the people of Israel, who are like lost sheep. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 When you go, preach this: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 7 As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead to life again, heal those who have skin diseases, and force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help other people freely. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
9 Don't carry any money with you -- gold or silver or copper. 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts;
10 Don't carry a bag or extra clothes or sandals or a walking stick. Workers should be given what they need. 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 city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in that home 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 enter that home, say, 'Peace be with you.' 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
13 If the people there welcome you, let your peace stay there. But if they don't welcome you, take back the peace you wished for them. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
14 And if a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake its dust off your feet. 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 I tell you the truth, on the Judgment Day it will be better for the towns of Sodom and Gomorrahn than for the people of that town. 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 "Listen, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as smart as snakes and as innocent as doves. 16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
17 Be careful of people, because they will arrest you and take you to court and whip you in their synagogues. 17 "Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues.
18 Because of me you will be taken to stand before governors and kings, and you will tell them and the non-Jewish people about me. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
19 When you are arrested, don't worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given the things to say. 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 It will not really be you speaking but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 "Brothers will give their own brothers to be killed, and fathers will give their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and have them put to death. 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 All people will hate you because you follow me, but those people who keep their faith until the end will be saved. 22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
23 When you are treated badly in one city, run to another city. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 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 is not better than his teacher, and a servant is not better than his master. 24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
25 A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher; a servant should be satisfied to become like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, then the other members of the family will be called worse names! Fear God, Not People 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 "So don't be afraid of those people, because everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. 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 I tell you these things in the dark, but I want you to tell them in the light. What you hear whispered in your ear you should shout from the housetops. 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 afraid of people, who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the one who can destroy the soul and the body in hell. 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 Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one of them can die without your Father's knowing it. 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 God even knows how many hairs are on your head. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 So don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. 31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 "All those who stand before others and say they believe in me, I will say before my Father in heaven that they belong to me. 32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
33 But all who stand before others and say they do not believe in me, I will say before my Father in heaven that they do not belong to me. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
34 "Don't think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 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 I have come so that 'a son will be against his father, a daughter will be against her mother, a daughter-in-law will be against her mother-in-law. 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 A person's enemies will be members of his own family.' 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'
37 "Those who love their father or mother more than they love me are not worthy to be my followers. Those who love their son or daughter more than they love me are not worthy to be my followers. 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 Whoever is not willing to carry the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Those who try to hold on to their lives will give up true life. Those who give up their lives for me will hold on to true life. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 Whoever accepts you also accepts me, and whoever accepts me also accepts the One who sent me. 40 "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.
41 Whoever meets a prophet and accepts him will receive the reward of a prophet. And whoever accepts a good person because that person is good will receive the reward of a good person. 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 Those who give one of these little ones a cup of cold water because they are my followers will truly get their reward." 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."