1Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them power to throw out evil spirits, and to heal all kinds of diseases and sicknesses.
2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, (also called Peter), Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, John his brother, 3Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax-collector, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, 4Simon the revolutionary, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
5These Twelve Jesus sent out, telling them, “Don't go to the foreigners, or to any Samaritan city. 6You are to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7Wherever you go, tell the people, ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ 8Heal those who are sick. Resurrect the dead. Cure the lepers. Drive out demons. You received freely, so give freely! 9Don't carry any gold, silver, or copper coins in your pockets, 10or a bag for your journey, or two cloaks, or sandals, or a walking stick, for a worker deserves to be supported.#10:10. Or “fed.” 11Wherever you go, whatever town or village, ask for someone who lives according to good principles, and remain there until you leave. 12When you enter the house, give it your blessing. 13If the home deserves it, let your peace#10:13. “Peace,” meaning blessing. rest on it, but if it doesn't deserve it, let your peace return to you.
14If someone doesn't welcome you, and refuses to listen to what you have to say, then leave that house or that town, shaking its dust off your feet as you go. 15I tell you the truth, it will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah at the Day of Judgment than for that town!
16Look, I'm sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17Watch out for those who will hand you over to be tried by town councils#10:17. Literally, “sanhedrins,” local religious courts. and will whip you in their synagogues. 18You will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, to witness to them and to the foreigners. 19But when they put you on trial, don't worry about how you should speak or what you should say, because you'll be told what to say at the right time. 20For it isn't you who will speak but the spirit of the Father will speak through you. 21Brother will betray brother and have him killed, and a father will do the same to his child. Children will rebel against their parents, and have them put to death. 22Everyone will hate you because you follow me, but those who endure until the end will be saved.
23When you're persecuted in one town, run away to the next. I'm telling the truth: you won't finish going to the towns of Israel before the Son of man comes. 24Disciples are not more important than their teacher; servants are not more important than their master. 25Disciples should be satisfied to become like their teacher, and servants like their master. If the head of the house has been called the head demon Beelzebub,#10:25. Beelzebub, referring to Satan. then the members of his household will be demonized even more! 26So don't be frightened of them, for there's nothing covered that won't be exposed, and nothing hidden that won't be made known. 27What I tell you here in the dark, declare when it's light, and what you hear whispered in your ear, shout from the rooftops. 28Don't be afraid of those who can kill you physically, but can't kill you spiritually. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy you physically and spiritually in the fires of destruction.#10:28. Literally, “Gehenna.” See note under 5:22. 29Aren't two sparrows sold for just one penny? But not a single one of them falls to the ground without your Father knowing about it. 30Even the hairs on your head have all been counted. 31So don't worry—you're worth more than many sparrows!
32Anyone who publicly declares their commitment#10:32. Literally, “confess.” to me, I will also declare my commitment to them before my Father in heaven. 33But anyone who publicly denies me, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. 34Don't think I've come to bring peace on earth. I haven't come to bring peace, but a sword. 35I've come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36Your enemies will be those of your own family! 37If you love your father or mother more than me you don't deserve to be mine, and if you love your son or daughter more than me you don't deserve to be mine. 38If you don't pick up your cross and follow me you don't deserve to be mine. 39If you try to save your life, you will lose it,#10:39. In other words, if you try to hold on to your life by your own human effort, you will not succeed. but if you lose your life because of me you will save it. 40Those who welcome you welcome me, and those who welcome me welcome the one that sent me. 41Those who welcome a prophet because that's what they are will receive the same reward as a prophet. Those who welcome someone who does right will receive the same reward as someone who does right. 42I tell you the truth, those who give a drink of cool water to the least important of my disciples will definitely not miss out on their reward.”