Bible: Matthew 9:35-10:5

Workers for the Harvest

9:35 Then Jesus went throughout all the towns 1  and villages, teaching in their synagogues, 2  preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 3  9:36 When 4  he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, 5  like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 9:38 Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 6  to send out 7  workers into his harvest.”

Sending Out the Twelve Apostles

10:1 Jesus 8  called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 9  so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 10  10:2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 11  first, Simon 12  (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 10:3 Philip and Bartholomew; 13  Thomas 14  and Matthew the tax collector; 15  James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 16  10:4 Simon the Zealot 17  and Judas Iscariot, 18  who betrayed him. 19 

10:5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 20  “Do not go to Gentile regions 21  and do not enter any Samaritan town. 22 

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