The Meaning of Discipleship

24 (A)A [a]disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. (B)If they have called the head of the house [b](C)Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

26 “Therefore do not (D)fear them, (E)for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 (F)What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim (G)upon the housetops. 28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather (H)fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [c](I)hell. 29 (J)Are not two sparrows sold for a [d]cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But (K)the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; (L)you are more valuable than many sparrows.

32 “Therefore (M)everyone who [e]confesses Me before men, I will also confess [f]him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But (N)whoever [g]denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34 (O)Do not think that I came to [h]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to (P)set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and (Q)a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

37 (R)He 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. 38 And (S)he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 (T)He who has found his [i]life will lose it, and he who has lost his [j]life for My sake will find it.

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  1. Matthew 10:24 Or student
  2. Matthew 10:25 Or Beezebul: ruler of demons
  3. Matthew 10:28 Gr Gehenna
  4. Matthew 10:29 Gr assarion, the smallest copper coin
  5. Matthew 10:32 Lit will confess in Me
  6. Matthew 10:32 Lit in him
  7. Matthew 10:33 Lit will deny
  8. Matthew 10:34 Lit cast
  9. Matthew 10:39 Or soul
  10. Matthew 10:39 Or soul