Matthew 10
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Commissioning the Twelve

1Summoning His 12 disciples,a He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal everyb disease and sickness.c 2These are the names of the 12 apostles:d

First, Simon, who is called Peter,

and Andrew his brother;

James the son of Zebedee,

and John his brother;

3Philip and Bartholomew;e

Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;

James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;f

4Simon the Zealot,g and Judas Iscariot,h

who also betrayed Him.i

5Jesus sent out these 12 after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and don’t enter any Samaritanj town. 6Instead, go to the lost sheepk of the house of Israel.l 7As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’m 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons.n You have received free of charge; give free of charge. 9Don’t take along gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts.o 10Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a walking stick, for the workerp is worthy of his food.

11“When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12Greet a household when you enter it,q 13and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it. But if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you.r 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feets when you leave that house or town. 15I assure you: It will be more tolerable on the day of judgmentt for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.u

Persecutions Predicted

16“Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.v 17Because people will hand you over to sanhedrinsw and flog you in their synagogues,x beware of them. 18You will even be brought before governors and kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the nations.y 19But when they hand you over, don’t worry about how or what you should speak.z For you will be given what to say at that hour, 20because you are not speaking, but the Spiritaa of your Father is speaking through you.ab

21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will even rise up against their parents and have them put to 22You will be hated by everyone because of My But the one who endures to the end will be,af 23When they persecute you in one town, escape to For I assure you: You will not have covered the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24A discipleah is not above his teacher, or a slave above his 25It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master. If they called the head of the houseBeelzebul,’ how much more the members of his household!aj

Fear God

26“Therefore,ak don’t be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper,am proclaim on the 28Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul;ao rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.ap 29Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?aq Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’sar 30But even the hairs of your head have all been 31So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many

Acknowledging Christ

32“Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.av 33But whoever denies Me before men,aw I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. 34Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a 35For I came to turn

a man against his father,

a daughter against her mother,

a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

36and a man’s enemies will be

the members of his household.ay,az

37The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me;ba the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and followbb Me is not worthy of Me. 39Anyone findingbc his life will lose it,bd and anyone losingbe his life because of Me will find

A Cup of Cold Water

40“The one who welcomes you welcomes Me,bg and the one who welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent 41Anyone whobi welcomes a prophetbj because he is a prophetbk will receive a prophet’s reward. And anyone whobl welcomes a righteous person because he’s righteousbm will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42And whoever givesbn just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciplebo,bp — I assure you: He will never lose his reward! ”

a. 10:1-4 Mk 3:13-19; 6:13-16
b. 10:1 Or every kind of
c. 10:1 Mt 9:35; Mk 6:7; Lk 9:1
d. 10:2 Mt 4:18,21; 16:18; Jn 1:42
e. 10:3 Probably the Nathanael of Jn 1:45-51
f. 10:3 Other mss read and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus
g. 10:4 Lit the Cananaean
h. 10:4 Iscariot is probably “a man of Kerioth,” a town in Judea.
i. 10:4 Mt 26:14; Lk 22:3; Jn 6:71; 13:2,26
j. 10:5 2Kg 17:24; Lk 9:52; 17:16; Jn 4:9; Ac 8:25
k. 10:6 Ps 119:36; Is 53:6; Jr 50:6; Mt 9:36; 18:12
l. 10:6 Ac 2:36; 7:42; Heb 8:8,10
m. 10:7 Mt 3:2-3; 4:17; Lk 10:9
n. 10:8 Mk 3:15; Rv 9:20; 18:2
o. 10:9-15 Mk 6:6-8; Lk 9:3-5; 10:4-12
p. 10:10 Lk 10:7; 1Co 9:14; 1Tm 5:18
q. 10:12 1Sm 25:6; 1Ch 12:18; Ps 122:7-8
r. 10:13 Ps 35:13; Mt 8:8; Ac 16:15
s. 10:14 Neh 5:13; Lk 10:11; Ac 13:51
t. 10:15 Mt 12:36; Ac 17:31; Heb 10:25; 2Pt 2:9; 1Jn 4:17
u. 10:15 Mt 11:22,24; 2Pt 2:6; Jd 6-7
v. 10:16 Gn 3:1; Lk 10:3; Rm 16:19; Php 2:15
w. 10:17 Local Jewish courts or local councils
x. 10:17 Mk 13:9,11; Lk 12:11-12; Ac 5:40; 26:11
y. 10:18 Mt 28:19; Rm 1:5; Gl 1:16
z. 10:19 Ex 4:12; Nm 23:5; Dt 18:18; Mt 6:25
aa. 10:20 Ps 51:11; Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5
ab. 10:20 Lk 12:12; Ac 4:8; 13:9; 2Co 13:3
ac. 10:21 Mc 7:6; Mt 10:35-36; Mk 13:12
ad. 10:22 Mt 24:9; Lk 21:17; Jn 15:18
ae. 10:22 Or saved
af. 10:22 Mt 24:13; Mk 13:13; Jn 12:12-13
ag. 10:23 Mt 12:15; Ac 8:1; 9:25; 14:6; 17:10
ah. 10:24 Or student
ai. 10:24 Lk 6:40; Jn 13:16; 15:20
aj. 10:25 2Kg 1:2; Mt 12:24,27; Mk 3:22; Lk 11:15,18-19
ak. 10:26-33 Lk 12:2-9
al. 10:26 Mk 4:22; Lk 8:17; 12:2
am. 10:27 Lit in the ear
an. 10:27 Mt 24:17; Lk 5:19; 12:3; Ac 5:20
ao. 10:28 Is 8:12-13; 51:12-13; Jr 1:8; 1Pt 3:14
ap. 10:28 Mt 5:22; Lk 12:5; Heb 10:31; Jms 4:12
aq. 10:29 Gk assarion, a small copper coin
ar. 10:29 Mt 5:16; 11:27; Lk 11:13; Jn 8:42
as. 10:29 Lit ground apart from your Father
at. 10:30 1Sm 14:45; 2Sm 14:11; Lk 21:18; Ac 27:34
au. 10:31 Mt 6:26; 12:12
av. 10:32 Lk 12:8; Rm 10:9-10; Rv 3:5
aw. 10:33 Mk 8:38; Lk 9:26; 2Tm 2:12; 2Pt 2:1
ax. 10:34-36 Lk 12:51-53
ay. 10:36 Ps 41:9; 55:12-13; Mc 7:6; Jn 13:18
az. 10:35-36 Mc 7:6
ba. 10:37-39 Lk 14:25-27
bb. 10:38 Lit follow after
bc. 10:39 Or The one who finds
bd. 10:39 Mt 16:25; Mk 8:35; Lk 9:24; 17:33; Jn 12:25
be. 10:39 Or and the one who loses
bf. 10:39 Mt 9:9; Jn 8:12; 12:26; 21:19
bg. 10:40 Mt 18:5; Lk 10:16; Jn 13:20; Gl 4:14
bh. 10:40 Mk 9:37; Lk 9:48; Jn 12:44
bi. 10:41 Or The one who
bj. 10:41 1Kg 17:10-15; 18:4; 2Kg 4:8; 3Jn 5-8
bk. 10:41 Lit prophet in the name of a prophet
bl. 10:41 Or And the one who
bm. 10:41 Lit person in the name of a righteous person
bn. 10:42 Mt 25:40; Mk 9:41; Heb 6:10
bo. 10:42 Lit little ones in the name of a disciple
bp. 10:42 Mt 28:19; Lk 14:26; Jn 8:31; 13:35; 15:8; Ac 6:1
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