5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city ofthe Samaritans.6 But go rather to thelost sheep of the house of Israel.7 And as you go, preach, saying,‘The kingdom of heaven[a]is at hand.’8 Heal the sick,[b]cleanse the lepers,[c]raise the dead, cast out demons.Freely you have received, freely give.9 Provide neither gold nor silver norcopper in your money belts,10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs;for a worker is worthy of his food.
11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.12 And when you go into a household, greet it.13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it.But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city,shake off the dust from your feet.15 Assuredly, 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!
Persecutions Are Coming
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.Therefore be wise as serpents andharmless[d]as doves.
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