Matthew 10-11 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
10 Jesus[a] called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits[b] so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness.[c] 2 Now these are the names of the twelve apostles:[d] first, Simon[e] (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew;[f] Thomas[g] and Matthew the tax collector;[h] James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;[i] 4 Simon the Zealot[j] and Judas Iscariot,[k] who betrayed him.[l]
5 Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows:[m] “Do not go on a road that leads to Gentile regions[n] and do not enter any Samaritan town.[o] 6 Go[p] instead to the lost sheep[q] 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,[r] cleanse lepers,[s] cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper[t] in your belts, 10 no bag[u] for the journey, or an extra tunic,[v] or sandals or staff,[w] for the worker deserves his provisions. 11 Whenever[x] you enter a town or village,[y] find out who is worthy there[z] and stay with them[aa] until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, greet those within it.[ab] 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.[ac] 14 And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off[ad] your feet as you leave that house or that town. 15 I tell you the truth,[ae] it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah[af] on the day of judgment than for that town!
Persecution of Disciples
16 “I[ag] am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves,[ah] so be wise as serpents[ai] and innocent as doves.[aj] 17 Beware[ak] of people, because they will hand you over to councils[al] and flog[am] you in their synagogues.[an] 18 And you will be brought before governors and kings[ao] because of me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles. 19 Whenever[ap] they hand you over for trial,[aq] do not worry about how to speak or what to say,[ar] for what you should say will be given to you at that time.[as] 20 For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother[at] will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against[au] 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[av] they persecute you in one town,[aw] flee to another! I tell you the truth,[ax] you will not finish going through all the towns[ay] of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave[az] 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 worse will they call[ba] the members of his household!
Fear God, Not Man
26 “Do[bb] not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden[bc] that will not be revealed,[bd] 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,[be] proclaim from the housetops.[bf] 28 Do[bg] not be afraid of those who kill the body[bh] but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.[bi] 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?[bj] Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.[bk] 30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 31 So do not be afraid;[bl] you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring[bo] peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword![bp] 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.[bq]
37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy[br] 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[bs] and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life[bt] will lose it,[bu] and whoever loses his life because of me[bv] will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.[bw] 41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever[bx] 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[by] in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth,[bz] he will never lose his reward.”
Jesus and John the Baptist
2 Now when John[cc] heard in prison about the deeds Christ[cd] had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question:[ce] 3 “Are you the one who is to come,[cf] or should we look for another?” 4 Jesus answered them,[cg] “Go tell John what you hear and see:[ch] 5 The blind see, the[ci] lame walk, lepers[cj] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them[ck] 6 —and blessed is anyone[cl] 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[cm] to see? A reed shaken by the wind?[cn] 8 What[co] did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing?[cp] Look, those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings![cq] 9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more[cr] than a prophet! 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
11 “I tell you the truth,[cu] among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least[cv] in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is! 12 From[cw] the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[cx] and forceful people[cy] lay hold of it. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared.[cz] 14 And if you are willing to accept it,[da] he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 The one who has ears had better listen![db]
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’[dh] 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him,[di] a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors[dj] and sinners!’[dk] But wisdom is vindicated[dl] by her deeds.”[dm]
Woes on Unrepentant Cities
20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities[dn] in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin![do] Woe to you, Bethsaida! If[dp] the miracles[dq] done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,[dr] they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.[ds] 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon[dt] on the day of judgment than for you! 23 And you, Capernaum,[du] will you be exalted to heaven?[dv] No, you will be thrown down to Hades![dw] For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom,[dx] it would have continued to this day.[dy] 24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom[dz] on the day of judgment than for you!”
25 At that time Jesus said,[ea] “I praise[eb] you, Father, Lord[ec] of heaven and earth, because[ed] you have hidden these things from the wise[ee] and intelligent, and have revealed them to little children.[ef] 26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.[eg] 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father.[eh] No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides[ei] to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke[ej] 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.”