Matthew 10:1-20 Revised Standard Version

Jesus Chooses the Twelve

10 1  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 infirmity. 2  The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb'edee, and John his brother; 3  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4  Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

5  These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7  And preach as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay. 9  Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, 10  no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food. 11  And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart. 12  As you enter the house, salute it. 13  And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14  And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15  Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.

Coming Persecutions

16  "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17  Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, 18  and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. 19  When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; 20  for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

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