Jesus Chooses the Twelve
(Mark 3.13-19; Luke 6.12-16)
1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb´edee, and John his brother; 3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Al´pheus, and Lebbe´us, whose surname was Thad´de-us; 4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscar´i-ot, who also betrayed him.
The Mission of the Twelve
(Mark 6.7-13; Luke 9.1-6)
5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7#Luke 10.4-12. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; 10#1 Cor 9.14; 1 Tim 5.18. nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12And when ye come into a house, salute it. 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14#Acts 13.51. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15#Matt 11.24; Gen 19.24-28. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomor´rah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16 # Luke 10.3. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17#Mark 13.9-11; Luke 12.11,12; 21.12-15. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against#10.18 against or to. them and the Gentiles. 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21#Mark 13.12; Luke 21.16. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22#Matt 24.9; Mark 13.13; Luke 21.17; Matt 24.13; Mark 13.13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24 # Luke 6.40; John 13.16; 15.20. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25#Matt 9.34; 12.24; Mark 3.22; Luke 11.15. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beel´zebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Whom to Fear
26 # Mark 4.22; Luke 8.17. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33#2 Tim 2.12. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword
(Luke 12.49-53; 14.26,27)
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35#Mic 7.6. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38#Matt 16.24; Mark 8.34; Luke 9.23. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39#Matt 16.25; Mark 8.35; Luke 9.24; 17.33; John 12.25. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
40 # Luke 10.16; John 13.20; Mark 9.37; Luke 9.48. He that receiveth you receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.