Matthew 10:21-42 Revised Standard Version

21  Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22  and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23  When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes. 24  "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; 25  it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

Whom to Fear

26  "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27  What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. 28  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will. 30  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32  So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33  but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34  "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36  and a man's foes will be those of his own household. 37  He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38  and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

Rewards

40  "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. 41  He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42  And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

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