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13 If [the family living in] the house is worthy [welcoming you and your message], give it your [blessing of] [a]peace [that is, a blessing of well-being and prosperity, the favor of God]. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14 Whoever does not welcome you, nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or city, [b]shake the dust [of it] off your feet [in contempt, breaking all ties].(A) 15 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of [c]Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city [since it rejected the Messiah’s messenger].

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:13 I.e. “shalom” is to come upon this house.
  2. Matthew 10:14 A symbolic act expressing contempt.
  3. Matthew 10:15 The cities destroyed by God because of the sinfulness of their people (Gen 19:1-29).

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