Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

13 Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. 14 Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles.[a] They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, 15 giving them authority to cast out demons. 16 These are the twelve he chose:

Simon (whom he named Peter),
17 James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”[b]),
18 Andrew,
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (the zealot[c]),
19 Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

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  1. 3:14 Some manuscripts do not include and called them his apostles.
  2. 3:17 Greek whom he named Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder.
  3. 3:18 Greek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.

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