1He summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to drivethem out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of il ness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is known as Peter, and his brotherAndrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax col ector; James the son of Alphaeus, andThaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who was also his betrayer. 5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as fol ows: 'Do not make your way to gentile territory,and do not enter any Samaritan town; 6go instead to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. 7And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand. 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those suffering from virulent skin-diseases, drive out devils. Youreceived without charge, give without charge. 9Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with coppers for your purses, 10with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff, for the labourer deserves hiskeep. 11'Whatever town or vil age you go into, seek out someone worthy and stay with him until you leave. 12As you enter his house, salute it, 13and if the house deserves it, may your peace come upon it; if it does not, may your peace come backto you. 14And if anyone does not welcome you or listen to what you have to say, as you walk out of the houseor town shake the dust from your feet. 15In truth I tel you, on the Day of Judgement it wil be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah than forthat town. 16Look, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as snakes and yet innocent asdoves. 17'Be prepared for people to hand you over to sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues. 18You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as evidence to them and to the gentiles. 19But when you are handed over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to saywil be given to you when the time comes, 20because it is not you who wil be speaking; the Spirit of your Father wil be speaking in you. 21'Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children wil come forward against theirparents and have them put to death. 22You will be universally hated on account of my name; but anyone who stands firm to the end wil besaved. 23If they persecute you in one town, take refuge in the next; and if they persecute you in that, takerefuge in another. In truth I tel you, you wil not have gone the round of the towns of Israel before the Son of mancomes. 24'Disciple is not superior to teacher, nor slave to master. 25It is enough for disciple to grow to be like teacher, and slave like master. If they have called themaster of the house "Beelzebul", how much more the members of his household? 26'So do not be afraid of them. Everything now covered up wil be uncovered, and everything nowhidden wil be made clear. 27What I say to you in the dark, tel in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from thehousetops. 28'Do not be afraid of those who kil the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroyboth body and soul in hell. 29Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Fatherknowing. 30Why, every hair on your head has been counted. 31So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32'So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, I wil declare myself for him inthe presence of my Father in heaven. 33But the one who disowns me in the presence of human beings, I wil disown in the presence of myFather in heaven. 34'Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, buta sword. 35For I have come to set son against father, daughter against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law; 36a person's enemies will be the members of his own household. 37'No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter tome is worthy of me. 38Anyone who does not take his cross and fol ow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. 39Anyone who finds his life wil lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake wil find it. 40'Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one whosent me. 41'Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet wil have a prophet's reward; and anyonewho welcomes an upright person because he is upright wil have the reward of an upright person. 42'If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple,then in truth I tel you, he wil most certainly not go without his reward.'
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