Matthew 10:6

6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.

Matthew 10:6 in Other Translations

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.
6 Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood.
6 Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 10:6 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 10:6

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
] To whom he himself was sent, ( Matthew 15:24 ) . By "the house of Israel" is meant the whole Jewish nation; for though this phrase, when distinguished from the house of Judah, designs only the ten tribes; yet here it intends all the Jews, then living in the land of Judea, among whom there were some of all the tribes: and by "the lost sheep" of this house, are meant either all the people of the Jews in general, who were wandering, and were lost in error and sin, and to whom the external ministry of the Gospel came; or rather the elect of God among them, for whose sake particularly the apostles were sent unto them. These are called "sheep", because they were chosen of God, and given to Christ to be redeemed, looked up, sought out, and saved by him; and "lost" ones, not only because lost in Adam, and by their own transgressions, so that neither they themselves, nor any mere creature, could save them from eternal ruin and destruction; but also, because they were made to go astray, and were lost through the negligence and errors of their pastors, the Scribes and Pharisees: and this character is the rather given of them, partly to reflect upon the characters of the shepherds of Israel: and partly to magnify the grace of God, in having regard to such ruined and miserable creatures; and also to excite the compassion and diligence of the apostles, to preach the Gospel to them: respect seems to be had to ( Jeremiah 1:16 ) .

Matthew 10:6 In-Context

4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
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 rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Jeremiah 50:6; Matthew 15:24
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