11 Teach me your way,(A) Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;(B)
give me an undivided(C) heart,
    that I may fear(D) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(E)
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me(F) from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.(G)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.(H)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(I) God,
    slow to anger,(J) abounding(K) in love and faithfulness.(L)
16 Turn to me(M) and have mercy(N) on me;
    show your strength(O) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.(P)
17 Give me a sign(Q) of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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18 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘As my anger and wrath(A) have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem,(B) so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be a curse[a](C) and an object of horror,(D) a curse[b] and an object of reproach;(E) you will never see this place again.’(F)

19 “Remnant(G) of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’(H) Be sure of this: I warn you today 20 that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’(I) 21 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all he sent me to tell you.(J) 22 So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine(K) and plague(L) in the place where you want to go to settle.”(M)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.
  2. Jeremiah 42:18 That is, your name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that you are cursed.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.(A) Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.(B) As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven(C) has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts(D) 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.(E) 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.(F) 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.(G) 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah(H) on the day of judgment(I) than for that town.(J)

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.(K) Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.(L) 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils(M) and be flogged in the synagogues.(N) 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings(O) as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.(P) At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father(Q) speaking through you.

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents(R) and have them put to death.(S) 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me,(T) but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.(U) 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.(V)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:8 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.