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Matthew 10

MSG 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. NIV 1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. MSG 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, NIV 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; MSG 3 Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the tax man, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, NIV 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; MSG 4 Simon, the Canaanite, Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him). NIV 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. MSG 5 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: NIV 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. MSG 6 Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. NIV 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. MSG 7 Tell them that the kingdom is here. NIV 7 As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' MSG 8 Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. NIV 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. MSG 9 "Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. NIV 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; MSG 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. NIV 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. MSG 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. NIV 11 "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. MSG 12 "When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. NIV 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. MSG 13 If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. NIV 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. MSG 14 If they don't welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. NIV 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. MSG 15 You can be sure that on Judgment Day they'll be mighty sorry - but it's no concern of yours now. NIV 15 I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. MSG 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. NIV 16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. MSG 17 "Don't be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation - just because you believe in me. NIV 17 "Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. MSG 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! NIV 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. MSG 19 And don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; NIV 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, MSG 20 the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. NIV 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. MSG 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. NIV 21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. MSG 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. NIV 22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 24 "A student doesn't get a better desk than her teacher. A laborer doesn't make more money than his boss. NIV 24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. MSG 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? NIV 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! MSG 26 "Don't be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. NIV 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. MSG 27 So don't hesitate to go public now. NIV 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 30 He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail - even numbering the hairs on your head! NIV 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. MSG 31 So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries. NIV 31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. MSG 32 "Stand up for me against world opinion and I'll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. NIV 32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. MSG 33 If you turn tail and run, do you think I'll cover for you? NIV 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. MSG 34 "Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut - NIV 34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. MSG 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. NIV 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-- MSG 36 Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. NIV 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' MSG 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. NIV 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; MSG 38 "If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. NIV 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. MSG 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. NIV 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. MSG 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. NIV 40 "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 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."