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And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

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5-8 Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

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And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’[a] You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick,[b] and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people,[c] and raise the dead back to life. Freely[d] you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:7 The Hebrew Matthew and a few Greek manuscripts add the call to repentance with the word “Repent (turn from sin and turn to God), for the kingdom of heaven approaches.”
  2. Matthew 10:8 Or “the weak.”
  3. Matthew 10:8 The Aramaic is “cure the insane.”
  4. Matthew 10:8 That is, don’t charge for preaching the gospel.

Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[a] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

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  1. 10:7 Or has come, or is coming soon.

(A)And as you go, preach, saying, (B)‘The kingdom of heaven [a]is at hand.’ Heal the sick, [b]cleanse the lepers, [c]raise the dead, cast out demons. (C)Freely you have received, freely give.

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  1. Matthew 10:7 has drawn near
  2. Matthew 10:8 NU raise the dead, cleanse the lepers
  3. Matthew 10:8 M omits raise the dead

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