Bible: Matthew 10:1-16

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!

Persecution of Disciples

10:16I 30  am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 31  so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

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