Matthew 10

1Jesus called his twelve followers together. Jesus gave them power over evil spirits. Jesus gave them power to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: 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, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Judas is the one that gave Jesus to his enemies. 5Jesus gave these twelve apostles some orders. Then he sent them ˻to tell people about the kingdom˼. Jesus said, “Don’t go to the non-Jewish people. And don’t go into any town where the Samaritans live. 6But go to the people of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼. They are like sheep that are lost. 7When you go, tell them this: 'The kingdom of heaven is coming soon.’ 8Heal sick people. Give dead people life again. Heal those people that have leprosy. Force demons to leave people. I give you these powers freely. So help other people freely. 9Don’t carry any money with you—gold or silver or copper. 10Don’t carry a bag. Take for your trip only the clothes and shoes you are wearing. Don’t take a walking stick. A worker should be given the things he needs. 11”When you enter a city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in his home until you leave. 12When you enter that home say, 'Peace be with you.’ 13If the people in that home welcome you, then they are worthy of your peace. May they have the peace you wished them. But if the people don’t welcome you, then they are not worthy of your peace. Take back the peace you wished for them. 14And if a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place. Shake their dust off your feet. 15I tell you the truth. On the judgment day it will be worse for that town than for the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. 16”Listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. So be smart like snakes. But also be like doves and do nothing wrong. 17Be careful of people. They will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will whip you in their synagogues. 18You will be taken to stand before governors and kings. People will do this to you because of me. You will tell about me to those kings and governors and to the non-Jewish people. 19When you are arrested, don’t worry about what to say or how you should say it. At that time you will be given the things to say. 20It will not really be you speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you. 21”Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will send their parents to be killed. 22All people will hate you because you follow me. But the person that continues strong until the end will be saved. 23When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I tell you the truth. You will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again. 24”A student is not better than his teacher. A servant is not better than his master. 25A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher. A servant should be satisfied to become like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul ˻(the devil)˼, then the other members of the family will be called worse names! 26”So don’t be afraid of those people. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. 27I tell you these things in the dark ˻(secretly)˼. But I want you to tell these things in the light. I speak these things quietly and only to you. But you should tell these things freely to all people. 28Don’t be afraid of people. They can only kill the body. They cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the One ˻(God)˼ that can destroy the body and the soul. He can send the body and the soul to hell. 29When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it. 30God even knows how many hairs are on your head. 31So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds. 32”When a person stands before other people and says he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. 33But when a person stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that person does not belong to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. 34”Don’t think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace. I came to bring a sword. 35- 36I have come to make this happen: 'The people in a person’s own family will be his enemies. A son will be against his father. A daughter will be against her mother. A daughter-in-law will be against her mother-in-law.’ 37”Any person that loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not good enough to follow me. Any person who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not good enough to follow me. 38If a person will not accept the cross ˻(suffering)˼ that will be given to him when he follows me, then that person is not good enough for me. 39Any person that loves his life ˻more than he loves me˼ will lose true life. Any person that gives up his life for me will find true life. 40The person that accepts you also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the One ˻(God)˼ that sent me. 41Any person that meets a prophet and accepts him will get the same reward a prophet gets. And any person that accepts a good man because that man is good will get the same reward a good man gets. 42If any person helps one of these little ones because they are my followers, then that person will truly get his reward. That person will get his reward even if he only gave my follower a cup of cold water.”

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