1 And He called unto Him his twelve disciples, and gave them power over impure spirits, even to cast them out; and to cure all diseases and every malady whatsoever. 2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; 3 Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus who was surnamed Thaddeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, even he that betrayed Him.
5 These twelve did Jesus send forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not among the gentiles, neither enter into any city of the Samaritans: 6 but go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand: and in confirmation of your doctrine heal the sick, 8 cleanse the leprous, raise the dead, cast out demons; and as ye have received freely, freely give. 9 Take not gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses: take no bag for your journey, 10 nor two coats, nor shoes, nor weapons; for the laborer is worthy of his food.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye enter, inquire who in it is a worthy person, and there remain till ye leave the place. 12 And when ye come into the house, salute them: 13 and if the family be worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if they be not worthy, your salutation shall return to you. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hearken to your words; when ye come out of that house or city, shake off the very dust of your feet: 15 for I tell you verily, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha, in the day of judgement, than for that city.
16 Behold I send you forth as sheep into the midst of wolves: be ye therefore prudent as serpents, and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of evil men; for they will deliver you up to their councils, and will scourge you in their synagogues. 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings on my account, for a testimony to them and to the nations: 19 but when they take you up, be not sollicitous how, or what ye shall say; for ye shall be taught in that very instant what ye shall speak: for it is not you that speak, 20 but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh by you.
21 Brother shall betray his brother to death, and the father his child: and children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death: 22 and ye shall be hated by all men for professing my name; but he that perseveres to the end shall certainly be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in one city, flee into another: for verily I tell you, ye shall not finish your commission through the cities of Israel, before the Son of man shall come. 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord: 25 it is sufficient sure for the disciple that he be treated as his master, and the servant as his lord. If then they call the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more his domestics?
26 Be not therefore afraid of them; for there is nothing hid, that shall not be revealed; nor secret, that shall not be made known. 27 What I say to you in private, declare ye in public: and what ye hear as in the ear, preach ye as from the house-tops. 28 And be not afraid of them, who can only kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall to the ground without the will of your Father: 30 and even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore be not afraid, ye are of more worth than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever then shall own me before men, I also will own him before my Father, who is in heaven: 33 but whosoever shall disown me before men, him will I also disown before my Father who is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to bring peace but division. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: 36 and those of a man's own family shall be his enemies.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me: 38 and he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that would save his life shall lose it; and he, that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it.
40 He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth Him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet as a prophet, shall have a prophet's reward: and he that receiveth a righteous man as such, shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to one of these mean persons but a cup of cold water to drink, as my disciple, I assure you, he shall not lose his reward.