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The Twelve are commissioned

1THEN he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out unclean spirits and to cure every kind of illness and infirmity.

2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, also called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

3Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,

4Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed him.

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not take the road to gentile lands, and do not enter any Samaritan town;

6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7And as you go proclaim the message: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is upon you.’

8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. You received without cost; give without charge.

9“Take no gold, silver, or copper in your belts,

10no pack for the road, no second coat, no sandals, no stick; the worker deserves his keep.

11“Whatever town or village you enter, look for some suitable person in it, and stay with him until you leave.

12Wish the house peace as you enter it;

13if it is welcoming, let your peace descend on it, and if it is not, let your peace come back to you.

14If anyone will not receive you or listen to what you say, then as you leave that house or that town shake the dust of it off your feet.

15Truly I tell you: on the day of judgement it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

16“I send you out like sheep among wolves; be wary as serpents, innocent as doves.

17“Be on your guard, for you will be handed over to the courts, they will flog you in their synagogues,

18and you will be brought before governors and kings on my account, to testify before them and the Gentiles.

19But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say, for when the time comes, the words you need will be given you;

20it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking in you.

21“Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against their parents and send them to their death.

22Everyone will hate you for your allegiance to me, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

23When you are persecuted in one town, take refuge in another; truly I tell you: before you have gone through all the towns of Israel the Son of Man will have come.

24“No pupil ranks above his teacher, no servant above his master.

25The pupil should be content to share his teacher's lot, the servant to share his master's. If the master has been called Beelzebul, how much more his household!

26“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing covered up that will not be uncovered, nothing hidden that will not be made known.

27What I say to you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight; what you hear whispered you must shout from the housetops.

28Do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Fear him rather who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet without your Father's knowledge not one of them can fall to the ground.

30As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted.

31So do not be afraid; you are worth more than any number of sparrows.

32“Whoever will acknowledge me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;

33and whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34“You must not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

36and a man will find his enemies under his own roof.

37“No one is worthy of me who cares more for father or mother than for me; no one is worthy of me who cares more for son or daughter;

38no one is worthy of me who does not take up his cross and follow me.

39Whoever gains his life will lose it; whoever loses his life for my sake will gain it.

40“To receive you is to receive me, and to receive me is to receive the One who sent me.

41Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will be given a prophet's reward, and whoever receives a good man because he is a good man will be given a good man's reward.

42Truly I tell you: anyone who gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple of mine, will certainly not go unrewarded.”

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