5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not [a]go [b]in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7 And as you go, [c]preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven [d]is at hand.’8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.9 Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,10 or a [e]bag for your journey, or even two [f]coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his [g]support.11 And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay [h]at his house until you leave that city.12 As you enter the [i]house, give it your [j]greeting.13 If the house is worthy, [k]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [l]take back your blessing of peace.14 Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.15 Truly 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.
A Hard Road before Them
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so [m]be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to thecourts and scourge you in their synagogues;18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and [n]cause them to be put to death.22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.
23 “But whenever they persecute you in [o]one city, flee to [p]the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.
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