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!