Matthew 10:40

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

Matthew 10:40 in Other Translations

KJV
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
ESV
40 "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.
NLT
40 “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me.
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.
CSB
40 "The one who welcomes you welcomes Me, and the one who welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me.

Matthew 10:40 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 10:40

He that receiveth you, receiveth me
This is said to comfort the disciples, lest they should conclude from this account of the sorrows, afflictions, and persecutions they were to meet with, that there would be none that would receive them and their message; Christ therefore suggests, that there would be some that would embrace the Gospel preached by them, and receive them kindly into their houses, and entertain them in a very hospitable manner: and, for the encouragement of such persons, who would risk their own goods and lives by so doing, he lets them know, that receiving of his disciples, was interpreted by him, a receiving of himself; and what they did to them, would be taken as kindly, as if done to him personally; and, in like manner, would it be understood and accepted by his Father:

and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
To which agrees, what the Jews say F16 of the angel, in ( Exodus 23:22 ) "If thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I shall speak": who observe, that it is not written, "that he shall speak", but "that I shall speak"; intimating, that (Mylbqm Mta yl wlak wnmyh Mta Nylbqm) (Ma) , "if ye receive him, it is all one as if you received me": and the whole of this accords with a common saying among F17 them, (wtwmk) (Mda lv wxwlvv) , "that a man's messenger is as himself". The Jew F18, therefore, has no reason to reproach Christ and his followers as he does, as if it was the sense of these words of Christ, and which the Christians give of them, that Christ and his twelve apostles were but one person.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 Shemot Rabba Parash. 32. fol. 135. 3.
F17 T. Bab. Baracot, fol. 34. 2. Kiddushin, fol. 41. 2. 42. 1. & 43. 1. Bava Metzia, fol. 96. 1.
F18 R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par 2. sect. 14. p. 404.

Matthew 10:40 In-Context

38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 16:8; Matthew 18:5; Galatians 4:14
  • 2. Luke 9:48; Luke 10:16; John 12:44; John 13:20