Jesus sent out these twelve after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road that leads to the Gentiles, and don’t enter any Samaritan(A) town. Instead, go to the lost sheep(B) of the house of Israel.(C) As you go, proclaim, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’(D) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy,[a] drive out demons.(E) Freely you received, freely give. Don’t acquire gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts.(F) 10 Don’t take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a staff, for the worker(G) is worthy of his food. 11 When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 Greet a household when you enter it,(H) 13 and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it; but if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you.(I) 14 If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet(J) when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment(K) for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. 10:8 Gk lepros; a term for various skin diseases; see Lv 13–14

Resurrection Essential to the Gospel

15 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand(A) and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.(B) For I passed on to you(C) as most important what I also received: that Christ died(D) for our sins according to the Scriptures,(E) that he was buried,(F) that he was raised on the third day(G) according to the Scriptures,(H) and that he appeared to Cephas,(I) then to the Twelve.(J) Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time;(K) most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James,(L) then to all the apostles.(M) Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time,[a](N) he also appeared to me.(O)

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  1. 15:8 Or one whose birth was unusual

This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches(A) of Christ, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created(B) all things. 10 This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom(C) may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.(D) 11 This is according to his eternal purpose(E) accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him we have boldness and confident access(F) through faith in him.[a] 13 So, then, I ask you not to be discouraged(G) over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.(H)

Prayer for Spiritual Power

14 For this reason I kneel(I) before the Father[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 3:12 Or through his faithfulness
  2. 3:14 Other mss add of our Lord Jesus Christ

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