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Matthew 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

(Mar 3:13–19; Luk 6:12–16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:1 - Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:2 - These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:3 - Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James 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 - These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:6 - Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:7 - As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:8 - Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[fn] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:9 - “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:10 - no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:11 - Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:12 - As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:13 - If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:14 - If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:15 - Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
(Mar 13:9–13; Luk 21:12–17 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:16 - “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:17 - Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:18 - On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:19 - But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:20 - for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:21 - “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:22 - You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:23 - When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:24 - “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:25 - It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:26 - “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
(Luk 12:3–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:27 - What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:28 - Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:29 - Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:30 - And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:31 - So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
(Luk 12:8, 9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:32 - “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:33 - But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
(Luk 12:51–53; 14:26, 27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:34 - “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:35 - For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:36 - a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:37 - “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:38 - Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:39 - Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
(Mar 9:41 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:40 - “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:41 - Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 10:42 - And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
NIV Footnotes
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
Or will; or knowledge
Micah 7:6

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