10 Jesus 1 called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits 2 so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. 3 2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: 4 first, Simon 5 (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; 6 Thomas 7 and Matthew the tax collector; 8 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 9 4 Simon the Zealot 10 and Judas Iscariot, 11 who betrayed him. 12
5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: 13 “Do not go to Gentile regions 14 and do not enter any Samaritan town. 15 6 Go 16 instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, 17 cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag 18 for the journey, or an extra tunic, 19 or sandals or staff, 20 for the worker deserves his provisions. 11 Whenever 21 you enter a town or village, 22 find out who is worthy there 23 and stay with them 24 until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, give it greetings. 25 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 26 14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off 27 your feet as you leave that house or that town. 15 I tell you the truth, 28 it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 29 on the day of judgment than for that town!
16 “I 30 am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, 31 so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware 32 of people, because they will hand you over to councils 33 and flog 34 you in their synagogues. 35 18 And you will be brought before governors and kings 36 because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. 19 Whenever 37 they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, 38 for what you should say will be given to you at that time. 39 20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother 40 will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against 41 parents and have them put to death. 22 And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 Whenever 42 they persecute you in one place, 43 flee to another. I tell you the truth, 44 you will not finish going through all the towns 45 of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave 46 greater than his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!
26 “Do 47 not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden 48 that will not be revealed, 49 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, 50 proclaim from the housetops. 51 28 Do 52 not be afraid of those who kill the body 53 but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 54 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 55 Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 56 30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 31 So do not be afraid; 57 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
32 “Whoever, then, acknowledges 58 me before people, I will acknowledge 59 before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring 60 peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 61
37 “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. 38 And whoever does not take up his cross 62 and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life 63 will lose it, 64 and whoever loses his life because of me 65 will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 66 41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever 67 receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, 68 he will never lose his reward.”
11 When 1 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.
2 Now when John 2 heard in prison about the deeds Christ 3 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 4 3 “Are you the one who is to come, 5 or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, 6 “Go tell John what you hear and see: 7 5 The blind see, the 8 lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 6 Blessed is anyone 9 who takes no offense at me.”
7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 10 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11 8 What 12 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 13 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 14 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 15 than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 16
who will prepare your way before you.’ 17
11 “I tell you the truth, 18 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 19 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From 20 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 21 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 22 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 The one who has ears had better listen! 23
16 “To 24 what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 25
17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 26
we wailed in mourning, 27 yet you did not weep.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 28 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 29 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 30 and sinners!’ 31 But wisdom is vindicated 32 by her deeds.” 33
20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 34 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 35 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 36 the miracles 37 done in you had been done in Tyre 38 and Sidon, 39 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 23 And you, Capernaum, 40 will you be exalted to heaven? 41 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 42 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 43 on the day of judgment than for you!”
25 At that time Jesus said, 44 “I praise 45 you, Father, Lord 46 of heaven and earth, because 47 you have hidden these things from the wise 48 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 49 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 50 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 51 to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke 52 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”