Bible: Matthew 10:1-15

Sending Out the Twelve Apostles

10:1 Jesus 1  called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 2  so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 3  10:2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 4  first, Simon 5  (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; 6  Thomas 7  and Matthew the tax collector; 8  James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 9  10:4 Simon the Zealot 10  and Judas Iscariot, 11  who betrayed him. 12 

10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 13  “Do not go to Gentile regions 14  and do not enter any Samaritan town. 15  10:6 Go 16  instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 17  cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 10:9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10:10 no bag 18  for the journey, or an extra tunic, 19  or sandals or staff, 20  for the worker deserves his provisions. 10:11 Whenever 21  you enter a town or village, 22  find out who is worthy there 23  and stay with them 24  until you leave. 10:12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 25  10:13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 26  10:14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 27  your feet as you leave that house or that town. 10:15 I tell you the truth, 28  it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 29  on the day of judgment than for that town!

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