Matthew 10:1-20 World English Bible

Jesus Chooses the Twelve

10 1  He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 2  Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother; 3  Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Lebbaeus, whose surname was [1] Thaddaeus; 4  Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

5  Jesus sent these twelve out, and commanded them, saying, “Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. 6  Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7  As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’ 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers [2], and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. 9  Don’t take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts. 10  Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. 11  Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on. 12  As you enter into the household, greet it. 13  If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you. 14  Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15  Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

Coming Persecutions

16  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. 18  Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. 19  But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. 20  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.


[1] 10:3 NU omits “Lebbaeus, whose surname was”

[2] 10:8 TR adds “, raise the dead”

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