THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
2. The Selection and Sending Out of the Workers
1 aAnd He called His 1twelve disciples to Him and gave them 2authority over unclean spirits, so that they would cast them out and bheal every disease and every sickness.
2 aAnd the names of the twelve 1apostles are these: first, bSimon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and cJames the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 aPhilip and Bartholomew; bThomas and 1cMatthew the 2tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and 3Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the 1Cananaean, and Judas 2aIscariot, who also 3betrayed Him.
5 These twelve Jesus asent forth, charging them, saying, Do not go into the way of the 1bGentiles, and do not enter into any city of the 1cSamaritans.
3. The Way to Spread the Gospel of the Kingdom
to the House of Israel
6 But go rather to the lost asheep of the house of bIsrael.
7 And as you go, proclaim, saying, The akingdom of the heavens has 1drawn near.
8 aHeal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. bFreely you have received; freely give.
9 aDo 1not acquire for yourselves gold nor silver nor copper for your belts;
10 No bag for the journey nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff; for the aworker is worthy of his food.
11 And into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and there remain until you depart.
12 And as you enter into the house, greet it.
13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whoever does not receive you nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or city, ashake off the dust from your feet.
15 Truly I say to you, It will be 1more tolerable for the land of aSodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
4. Persecution and the Way to Meet It
16 Behold, I send you forth as asheep in the midst of bwolves. Be therefore 1prudent as cserpents and guileless as ddoves.
17 And abeware of men, for they will 1deliver you up to 2bsanhedrins, and in their synagogues they will cscourge you.
18 And you will also be brought before 1governors and akings for My sake, for a btestimony to them and to the Gentiles.
19 aBut when they deliver you up, do not be banxious about how or what you should speak, for it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
20 For you are not the ones speaking, but the 1aSpirit of your Father is the One speaking in you.
21 And 1brother will deliver up brother to death, and father his child; and achildren will rise up against their parents and put them to death.
22 And you will be ahated by all because of My name. But he who has bendured to the end, this one shall be 1saved.
23 And when they persecute you in this acity, bflee into another. For truly I say to you, You shall by no means 1finish the cities of Israel until the cSon of Man comes.
24 A adisciple is not 1above the teacher, nor a bslave above his master.
25 It is sufficient for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the Master of the house 1aBeelzebul, how much more those of His household!
26 aTherefore do not fear them; for there is nothing bcovered which will not be revealed, and chidden which will not be made known.
27 What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, proclaim on the ahousetops.
28 And do not afear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather bfear 1Him who is able to cdestroy both soul and body in 2dGehenna.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for an 1assarion? And not one of them will fall to the earth apart from your Father.
30 But even the ahairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Therefore do not fear; you are of amore value than many sparrows.
32 Every one therefore who will aconfess 1in Me before men, I also will bconfess 2in him before My Father who is in the heavens;
33 But whoever will 1adeny Me before men, I also will 1deny him before My Father who is in the heavens.
5. The Disturbance Brought In by the King
and the Way of the Cross to Follow Him
34 aDo not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth; I have not 1come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to set men at variance: a man against his afather, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 And a man's aenemies will be those of his 1household.
37 He who loves afather or mother 1above Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter above Me is not worthy of Me;
38 And he who does not 1take his across and bfollow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who 1finds his asoul-life shall 1lose it, and he who loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
6. The King's Identification with the Sent Ones
40 He who 1areceives you receives Me, and he who breceives Me receives Him who has sent Me.
41 He who 1areceives a 2prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who 1receives a 2righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 And whoever gives to one of these alittle ones only a bcup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his 1reward.