The Twelve Apostles1 a And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 b The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon c who is called Peter, and d Andrew his brother; e James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and f Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; ▼
▼ Some manuscripts Lebbaeus, or Lebbaeus called Thaddaeus4 Simon the Zealot ▼
▼ Greek kananaios, meaning zealotand Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles5 i These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of j the Samaritans, 6 k but go rather to l the lost sheep of m the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying n ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 o Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers ▼
▼ Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13cast out demons. q You received without paying; give without pay. 9 r Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics ▼
▼ Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skinor sandals or a staff, for t the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house u greet it. 13 And if the house is v worthy, let w your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let x your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words y shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you z it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for aa the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Persecution Will Come16 ab “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be ac wise as serpents and ad innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for ae they will deliver you over to courts and flog you af in their synagogues, 18 ag and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake ah to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 ai When aj they deliver you over, ak do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for al what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 am For it is not you who speak, but an the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 ao Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 ap and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. aq But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they ar persecute you in one town as flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel at before the Son of Man comes. 24 au “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant ▼
▼ Greek bondservant; also verse 25above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. aw If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign ▼
▼ Greek lacks will they malignthose of his household.
Have No Fear26 “So have no fear of them ay for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on az the housetops. 28 And ba do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him bb who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ▼
▼ Greek Gehenna29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? ▼
▼ Greek assarion, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But be even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; bf you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 bg So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but bh whoever denies me before men bi I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword34 bj “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. bk I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 bl For I have come bm to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 bn And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 bo Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And bp whoever does not take his cross and bq follow me is not worthy of me. 39 br Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Rewards40 bs “Whoever receives you receives me, and bt whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 bu The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And bv whoever gives one of bw these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
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