Matthew 10-12 World English Bible

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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. 21  “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22  You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved. 23  But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come. 24  “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord. 25  It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

Whom to Fear

26  Therefore don’t be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. 27  What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. 28  Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. [3] 29  “Aren’t two sparrows sold for an assarion coin [4]? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father’s will, 30  but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. 32  Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 33  But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34  “Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword. 35  For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36  A man’s foes will be those of his own household. [5] 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 isn’t worthy of me. 38  He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me, isn’t worthy of me. 39  He who seeks 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 in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. He who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42  Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most certainly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward.”

The Messengers from John the Baptist

11 1  It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities. 2  Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3  and said to him, “Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?” 4  Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5  the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, [6] the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. [7] 6  Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.”

7  As these went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8  But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king’s houses. 9  But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. 10  For this is he, of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ [8] 11  Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. 12  From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. [9] 13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14  If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come. 15  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

16  “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions 17  and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. We mourned for you, and you didn’t lament.’ 18  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children. [10]

Woes to Unrepentant Cities

20  Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn’t repent. 21  “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22  But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23  You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, you will go down to Hades. [11] For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day. 24  But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come unto Me and Rest

25  At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants. 26  Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. 27  All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him. 28  “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. 30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 1  At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2  But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, “Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3  But he said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; 4  how he entered into the house of God, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? [12] 5  Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? 6  But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. 7  But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ [13] you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  He departed there, and went into their synagogue. 10  And behold there was a man with a withered hand. They asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” that they might accuse him. 11  He said to them, “What man is there among you, who has one sheep, and if this one falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, won’t he grab on to it, and lift it out? 12  Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day.” 13  Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out; and it was restored whole, just like the other.

14  But the Pharisees went out, and conspired against him, how they might destroy him.

The Chosen Servant

15  Jesus, perceiving that, withdrew from there. Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all, 16  and commanded them that they should not make him known: 17  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 18  “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen;
my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased:
I will put my Spirit on him.
He will proclaim justice to the nations. 19  He will not strive, nor shout;
neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets. 20  He won’t break a bruised reed.
He won’t quench a smoking flax,
until he leads justice to victory. 21  In his name, the nations will hope.” [14]

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then one possessed by a demon, blind and mute, was brought to him and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23  All the multitudes were amazed, and said, “Can this be the son of David?” 24  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.” 25  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26  If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27  If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28  But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. 29  Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? Then he will plunder his house. 30  “He who is not with me is against me, and he who doesn’t gather with me, scatters. 31  Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32  Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is to come. 33  “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34  You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35  The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure [15] brings out evil things. 36  I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

38  Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 39  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41  The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, someone greater than Jonah is here. 42  The queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

43  But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn’t find it. 44  Then he says, ‘I will return into my house from which I came out,’ and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45  Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than he is, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Even so will it be also to this evil generation.”

Jesus' Mother and Brethren

46  While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him. 47  One said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.” 48  But he answered him who spoke to him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49  He stretched out his hand towards his disciples, and said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers! 50  For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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Footnotes

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

[2] 10:8 TR adds “, raise the dead”

[3] 10:28 or, Hell.

[4] 10:29 An assarion is a small coin worth one tenth of a drachma or a sixteenth of a denarius. An assarion is approximately the wages of one half hour of agricultural labor.

[5] 10:36 Micah 7:6

[6] 11:5 Isaiah 35:5

[7] 11:5 Isaiah 61:1-4

[8] 11:10 Malachi 3:1

[9] 11:12 or, plunder it.

[10] 11:19 NU reads “actions” instead of “children”

[11] 11:23 or, Hell

[12] 12:4 1 Samuel 21:3-6

[13] 12:7 Hosea 6:6

[14] 12:21 Isaiah 42:1-4

[15] 12:35 TR adds “of the heart”

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