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Matthew 10 :: New English Translation (NET)

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The Twelve Disciples; Instructions for Service

(Mar 3:13–19; Luk 6:12–16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:1 - Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:2 - Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:3 - Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:4 - Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
(Mar 6:7–13; Luk 9:1–6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:5 - Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: "Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:6 - Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:7 - As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near!'
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:8 - Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:9 - Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:10 - no bag for the journey, or an extra tunic, or sandals or staff, for the worker deserves his provisions.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:11 - Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:12 - As you enter the house, give it greetings.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:14 - And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off your feet as you leave that house or that town.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:15 - I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town!

A Hard Road before Them

(Mar 13:9–13; Luk 21:12–17 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:16 - "I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:17 - Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:18 - And you will be brought before governors and kings because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:19 - Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, for what you should say will be given to you at that time.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:20 - For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:21 - "Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:22 - And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:23 - Whenever they persecute you in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

The Meaning of Discipleship

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:24 - "A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave greater than his master.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:25 - It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house 'Beelzebul,' how much more will they defame the members of his household!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:26 - "Do not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known.
(Luk 12:3–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:27 - What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:28 - Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:29 - Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:30 - Even all the hairs on your head are numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:31 - So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
(Luk 12:8, 9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:32 - "Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:33 - But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.
(Luk 12:51–53; 14:26, 27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:34 - "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:35 - For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:36 - and a man's enemies will be the members of his household.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:37 - "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:38 - And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:39 - Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.

The Reward of Service

(Mar 9:41 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:40 - "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:41 - Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:42 - And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward."

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