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"And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and [NU omits Lebbaeus, whose surname was][NU reads Cananaean], and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him." Thaddaeus; Simon the
"These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying:
'Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the
Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you
go, preach, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Heal the sick,
[NU reverses to, raise the dead, cleanse the
lepers], cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely
give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag
for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker
is worthy of his food. Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is
worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household,
greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is
not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you nor
hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust
from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land
of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!'"
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."
"Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My namefs sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house [NU reads Beelzebul instead of Beelzebub], how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven."
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to eset a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-lawf; and ea manfs enemies will be those of his own household.'"
who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who
loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does
not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who
finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will
find it. He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me
receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a
prophet shall receive a prophetfs reward. And he who receives a
righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous
manfs reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of
cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall
by no means lose his reward.h
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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