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For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.








These twelve Jesus sent out and charged them, saying; Go not into a way of gentiles, and enter not into a city of 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. read more.
Cure the sick, cleanse lepers, cast out demons; you have received gratuitously, gratuitously give. Take not gold, nor silver, nor copper for your purses, nor a provision sack for the way, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor staves; for the laborer is worthy of his support; and into whatever city or village you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there remain till you leave. And when you go into a house, salute it; and if the house is worthy, your blessing shall come upon it; but if the house is not worthy, your blessing shall return to you. And if any one does not receive you, nor hear your words, when you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet. I tell you truly, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in a day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men; for they will deliver you to Sanhedrims, and scourge you in their synagogues, and you shall be brought before governors, and kings, for my sake, for a testimony to them and the nations. But when they have delivered you up be not anxious how you shall speak, or what you shall say, for it shall be given you in that hour what to say; for it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you. And a brother shall deliver a brother to death, and a father a son; and children shall rise up against their parents and put them to death; and you shall be hated by all men for my sake. But he that endures to the end shall be saved. And when they persecute you in one city, flee to another. For I tell you truly, that you will not finish the cities of Israel till the Son of man shall come. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is sufficient for the disciple to be as his teacher, and the servant as his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they call the members of his family by that name. Fear them not, therefore, for there is nothing concealed that shall not be revealed, nor hid that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light, and what you hear in the ear, preach on the house-tops. And fear not those who kill the body and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion [1.5 mills]? and one of them cannot fall to the ground without your Father. Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows. Every one, therefore, who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father in heaven; and whoever denies me before men, him will I also deny before my Father in heaven. Think not that I have come to send peace on the earth. I have not come to send peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a bride against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies shall be those of his own house. He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he that does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it. He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me. He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever shall give one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, I tell you truly, he shall by no means lose his reward.

And whatever place will not receive you, nor hear you, when you go out thence shake off the dust which is under your feet for a testimony to them.

And after these things the Lord designated seventy others also, and sent them out, two by two, before his face, into every city and place where he was about to come. And he said to them, The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers few; pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to thrust out laborers into his harvest. Go; behold I send you as lambs in the midst of wolves. read more.
Carry neither a purse, nor provision sack, nor sandals; and salute no one by the way. And into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace to this house! And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking the things with them; for the laborer is worthy of his reward. Go not about from house to house. And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat what is set before you; and cure the sick in it, and say to them, The kingdom of God has come nigh to you. And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you not, going out into its streets, say, Even the dust of your city which adheres to our feet we wipe off for you; but know this, that the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom in that day than for that city. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which have been done in you, they would long ago have changed their minds, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, even to heaven will you be exalted? even to hades shall you be cast down. He that hears you, hears me; and he that rejects you, rejects me; and he that rejects me, rejects him that sent me.

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before concerning you, that by them you may perform an honorable service, having faith and a good conscience, which some having cast away have suffered shipwreck of the faith; of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Rebuke not an aged man, but entreat him as a father, the younger men as brothers, the aged women as mothers, the younger as sisters, with all purity. Support the widows who are widows indeed. read more.
But if any widow has children or relatives, let them learn first to support their family and to make returns to their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God. But one that is a widow indeed and alone hopes in God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day; but a woman that lives voluptuously is dead while she lives. And command these things, that they be blameless. And if any one provides not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. Let not a widow be enrolled under sixty years of age, a wife of one husband, well reputed for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has exercised hospitality, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the distressed, if she has pursued every good work. But reject the younger widows; for when they fall into pleasure to the neglect of Christ, they wish to marry, being condemned because they have rejected the first faith; and at the same time also, being idle, they learn to go from house to house, and not only are they idle, they are also tattlers and mischief makers, saying what they ought not. I wish therefore the younger women to marry, bear children, keep house, give no occasion of reproach to the enemy; for some have already turned back after Satan. If any faithful man or faithful woman has widows, let them give them relief, and let not the church be burdened, that it may be able to relieve those really widows. Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of a double compensation, especially those who labor in word and teaching. For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward. Against an elder receive not an accusation, except by two or three witnesses. Those that sin, rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge you before God, and Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you keep these things without prejudice, doing nothing from partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither partake of others' sins. Keep yourself pure.

For which cause I admonish you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the imposition of my hands. For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but endure affliction with us in the gospel according to the power of God, read more.
who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus from eternity, but made known now through the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, of which I was made a herald, and an apostle, and a teacher of the nations; for which cause I suffer these things; but I am not ashamed; for I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep my trust to that day. Retain the form of sound words which you heard from me in faith and the love in Christ Jesus.

I earnestly charge you before God and Christ Jesus who is about to judge the living and dead, and [by] his appearing and his kingdom, preach the word, press it in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and instruction; for the time will come when they will not endure sound instruction, but will accumulate for themselves teachers according to their desires, pleasing their ear, read more.
and they will turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned to myths. But do you be sober in all things, endure evil, do the work of an evangelist, perform fully your ministry. For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give me in that day, and not me only but all who love his appearing.


And each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send help to the brethren living in Judea; which they also did, sending to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

AND certain persons having come down from Judea taught the brothers, If you are not circumcised according to the custom of Moses you cannot be saved. There being therefore no little dissension and disputation of Paul and Barnabas with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to the apostles and elders at Jerusalem, concerning this question. They, therefore, being sent forward by the church, went to Phenicia and Samaria, relating the conversion of the gentiles, and caused great joy to all the brothers. read more.
And when they came to Jerusalem they were received by the church, and the apostles, and the elders, and related what things God had done with them. But some of those of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed, rose and said, that it is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders were assembled together to see about this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter rose and said to them, Men and brothers, you know that in former days God chose among you that the gentiles should hear by my mouth the word of the gospel and believe. And the heart-searching God testified to them, giving to them the Holy Spirit even as to us, and made no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by the faith. Now, therefore, why do you try God, to put on the necks of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we could bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same manner as they. And all the multitude was silent, and heard Barnabas and Paul relate what miracles and prodigies God performed among the gentiles through them. And after they were silent, James answered, saying, Men and brothers, hear me. Simeon has related how God first visited the gentiles to take a people for his name. And with this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, After this will I return and build up the tabernacle of David which had fallen down, and rebuild its ruins, and set it up, that the rest of men may seek the Lord, even all the nations on whom my name has been called, says the Lord who does these things, known from eternity. Wherefore I judge that we ought not to trouble those who turned to God from the gentiles, but to send to them to abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and fornication, and things strangled, and blood. For Moses from ancient times has those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every sabbath. Then it seemed good to the apostles and elders, with all the assembly [the church], to send delegates from themselves to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers, writing by their hand, The apostles and elders and brothers, to the brothers in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, who are of the gentiles, greeting. Since we heard that some going out from us have troubled you with words subverting your souls, to whom we gave no charge, it seemed good to us, being of one opinion, to send delegates to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they will tell you the same things by word. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to put no greater burden upon you except these necessary things; that you should abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and blood, and things strangled, and fornication, from which if you keep yourselves you will do well. Farewell. They, therefore, being dismissed went to Antioch, and assembling the multitude delivered the epistle. And reading it they rejoiced at the exhortation. And Judas and Silas being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brothers with much argument, and confirmed them. And having staid [some] time, they were dismissed in peace by the brothers to those that sent them. (Added verse not retained in Sawyer) But Paul and Barnabas remained at Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others the word of the Lord.



And when he went through the cities he gave them the ordinances to observe which had been determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. Then the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

And from Miletus sending to Ephesus he called for the elders of the church.

Take heed to yourselves, therefore, and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he has purchased with his blood. For I know that after my departure grievous wolves will come among you, not sparing the flock, and of yourselves men will arise speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. read more.
Wherefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I ceased not to admonish every one of you with tears. And now I commend you to God, and the word of his grace, who is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance with all the sanctified.

And on the following day Paul went with us to James, and all the elders were present.

Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of a double compensation, especially those who labor in word and teaching. For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward. Against an elder receive not an accusation, except by two or three witnesses.

For this cause I left you in Crete, that you might regulate things which are deficient, and appoint elders in every city, as I charged you, if any one is blameless, a husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of intemperance or of insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless as a steward of God, not self-indulgent, not soon angry, not given to wine, not contentious, not devoted to base gain, read more.
but a lover of hospitality, kind, sober, just, holy, self-denying, holding firmly the faithful word taught, that he may be able both to exhort with sound instruction and to convince those who contradict.

For by it the ancients obtained a good repute.

if any one is sick among you, let him send for the elders of the church, and let them pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

The elders among you I exhort, who am a co-elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed; feed the flock of God which is among you, not by constraint but willingly, not for base gain but of a ready mind, not as having a lordship over God's inheritance but being examples to the flock; read more.
and when the chief shepherd shall appear, you shall receive an unfading crown of glory. Let the younger in like manner be subject to the elder, and do you all be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

THE elder to the elect Curia and her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only but also all who have known the truth,

THE elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.


Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of a double compensation, especially those who labor in word and teaching. For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


So also the Lord has appointed to those who preach the gospel to live by the gospel.




For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


So also the Lord has appointed to those who preach the gospel to live by the gospel.




For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


So also the Lord has appointed to those who preach the gospel to live by the gospel.




For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


So also the Lord has appointed to those who preach the gospel to live by the gospel.





For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.










Take not gold, nor silver, nor copper for your purses, nor a provision sack for the way, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor staves; for the laborer is worthy of his support;


Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of a double compensation, especially those who labor in word and teaching. For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.


So also the Lord has appointed to those who preach the gospel to live by the gospel.






For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.





For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes; and, The laborer is worthy of his reward.