2 The names of the twelve apostles+ are these:+ First, Simon, the one called Peter,*+ and Andrew+ his brother; and James the [son] of Zebʹe·dee+ and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bar·tholʹo·mew;*+ Thomas+ and Matthew*+ the tax collector; James the [son] of Al·phaeʹus,+ and Thad·daeʹus;* 4 Simon the Ca·na·naeʹan,+ and Judas Is·carʹi·ot, who later betrayed+ him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, giving them these orders:+ “Do not go off into the road of the nations, and do not enter into a Sa·marʹi·tan city;+ 6 but, instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.+ 7 As YOU go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.’+ 8 Cure sick people,+ raise up dead persons, make lepers clean, expel demons. YOU received free, give free.+ 9 Do not procure gold or silver or copper for YOUR girdle purses,+ 10 or a food pouch for the trip, or two undergarments,* or sandals or a staff; for the worker deserves his food.+
11 “Into whatever city or village YOU enter, search out who in it is deserving, and stay there until YOU leave.+ 12 When YOU are entering into the house, greet the household; 13 and if the house is deserving, let the peace YOU wish it come upon it;+ but if it is not deserving, let the peace from YOU return upon YOU. 14 Wherever anyone does not take YOU in or listen to YOUR words, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off YOUR feet.+ 15 Truly I say to YOU, It will be more endurable for the land of Sodʹom+ and Go·morʹrah on Judgment Day than for that city.+
16 “Look! I am sending YOU forth as sheep amidst wolves;+ therefore prove yourselves cautious as serpents+ and yet innocent as doves.+ 17 Be on YOUR guard against men;+ for they will deliver YOU up to local courts,*+ and they will scourge+ YOU in their synagogues.+ 18 Why, YOU will be haled before governors and kings+ for my sake, for a witness*+ to them and the nations. 19 However, when they deliver YOU up, do not become anxious about how or what YOU are to speak; for what YOU are to speak will be given YOU in that hour;+ 20 for the ones speaking are not just YOU, but it is the spirit of YOUR Father that speaks by YOU.+ 21 Further, brother+ will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and will have them put to death.+ 22 And YOU will be objects of hatred by all people on account of my name;+ but he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.+ 23 When they persecute YOU in one city, flee to another;+ for truly I say to YOU, YOU will by no means complete the circuit+ of the cities of Israel until the Son of man arrives.+
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his lord.+ 25 It is enough for the disciple to become as his teacher, and the slave as his lord.+ If people have called the householder Be·elʹze·bub,*+ how much more [will they call] those of his household so? 26 Therefore do not fear them; for there is nothing covered over that will not become uncovered, and secret that will not become known.+ 27 What I tell YOU in the darkness, say in the light;* and what YOU hear whispered,* preach from the housetops.+ 28 And do not become fearful+ of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;* but rather be in fear of him+ that can destroy both soul and body in Ge·henʹna.*+ 29 Do not two sparrows sell for a coin of small value?*+ Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without YOUR Father’s [knowledge].+ 30 But the very hairs of YOUR head are all numbered.+ 31 Therefore have no fear: YOU are worth more than many sparrows.+
32 “Everyone, then, that confesses union with me before men, I will also confess union+ with him before my Father who is in the heavens; 33 but whoever disowns me before men, I will also disown+ him before my Father who is in the heavens. 34 Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth; I came to put, not peace,+ but a sword. 35 For I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a young wife against her mother-in-law.+ 36 Indeed, a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. 37 He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.+ 38 And whoever does not accept his torture stake* and follow after me is not worthy of me.+ 39 He that finds his soul* will lose it, and he that loses his soul for my sake will find it.+
40 “He that receives YOU receives me also, and he that receives me receives him also that sent me forth.+ 41 He that receives a prophet because he is a prophet will get a prophet’s reward,+ and he that receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will get a righteous man’s reward.+ 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water to drink because he is a disciple, I tell YOU truly, he will by no means lose his reward.”+