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AND he called his twelve disciples, and gave them power over the unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and sickness.
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The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first of them Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother;
James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
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Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus surnamed Thaddaeus;
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Simon the Zealot, and Judas of Iscariot, who betrayed him.
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These twelve Jesus sent out, and charged them and said, Keep away from pagan practices, and do not enter a Samaritan city;
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But above all, go to the sheep which are lost from the house of Israel.
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And as you go, preach and say, that the kingdom of heaven is near.
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Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons;
freely you have received, freely give.
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Do not accumulate gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;
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Nor a bag for the journey, nor two shirts and shoes, nor a staff;
for a laborer is at least worthy of his food.
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Whatever city or town you enter, ask who is trustworthy in it, and remain there until you leave.
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And when you enter into the house, salute the family.
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And if the family is trustworthy, your salutation of peace shall come upon it;
but if it is not trustworthy, your salutation shall return to you.
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Whoever will not welcome you, and will not listen to your words, when you leave the house or the village, shake off the sand from your feet.
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Truly I say to you, that it will be easier for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that city.
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Behold, I am sending you like lambs among the wolves;
therefore be wise as serpents, and pure as doves.
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But be careful of men;
for they will deliver you up to the courts, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
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And they will bring you before the presence of governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
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But when they deliver you up, do not worry as to how or what you will speak;
for it will be given to you in that very hour what you are to speak.
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For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father, which speaks through you.
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Brother will deliver up his own brother to death, and father his son;
and children will rise up against their parents and put them to death.
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And you will be hated by everybody because of my name;
but he who endures until the end shall live.
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When they persecute you in this city, escape to another;
for truly I say to you, that you shall not finish converting all the cities of the house of Israel, until the Son of man returns.
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No disciple is more important than his teacher, and no servant than his master.
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It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and for a servant to be like his master.
If then, they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household.
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Therefore do not be afraid of them;
for there is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, and hidden that will not be known.
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What I tell you in the dark, tell it in the daylight;
and what you hear with your ears, preach on the house tops.
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Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but who cannot kill the soul;
but above all, be afraid of him who can destroy both the soul and the body in hell.
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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
And yet not one of them will fall on the ground without your Father’s will.
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But so far as you are concerned, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
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Therefore fear not;
you are much more important than many sparrows.
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Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
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But whoever will deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven.
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¶ Do not expect that I have come to bring peace on earth;
I have not come to bring peace but a sword.
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For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
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And a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
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Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
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And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
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He who is concerned about his life shall lose it;
and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.
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Whoever receives you, receives me;
and whoever receives me, receives him who sent me.
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He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet’s reward;
and whoever receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
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Anyone who gives a drink to one of these little ones, if only a cup of cold water, in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall never lose his reward.