Christ sendeth out his twelve Apostles, enabling them with power to do miracles,
Matthew 10:1 And when he had called his twelue disciples [vnto hym] he gaue them power agaynst vncleane spirites, to cast them out, and to heale all maner of sicknesse, and all maner of disease. Matthew 10:2 The names of the twelue Apostles are these. The first, Simon, whiche is called Peter, and Andrewe his brother, Iames, the [sonne] of Zebedee, & Iohn his brother, Matthew 10:3 Philip, & Bartholomewe, Thomas and Matthewe, which [had ben] a Publicane, Iames, ye [sonne] of Alphee, & Lebbeus, whose surname was Taddeus, Matthew 10:4 Simon [the] Cananite, & Iudas Iscariot, which also betrayed hym.
giveth them their charge, teacheth them,
Matthew 10:5 Iesus sent foorth these twelue, who he comaunded, saying. Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the citie of the Samaritanes enter ye not. Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheepe of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:7 As ye go, preache, saying: The kyngdome of heauen is at hande. Matthew 10:8 Heale the sicke, cleanse ye lepers, rayse the dead, cast out deuyls. Freely ye haue receaued, freely geue. Matthew 10:9 Possesse not golde, nor syluer, nor brasse in your purses, Matthew 10:10 Nor yet scrippe, towardes your iourney, neither two coates, neither shoes, nor yet a staffe. For the workman is worthy of his meate. Matthew 10:11 But to whatsoeuer citie or towne ye shall come, inquire who is worthy in it, and there abyde, tyll ye go thence. Matthew 10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute the same. Matthew 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come vpon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace returne to you again. Matthew 10:14 And whosoeuer shal not receaue you, nor wyll heare your preachyng: when ye depart out of that house, or that citie, shake of the dust of your feete. Matthew 10:15 Ueryly I say vnto you, it shalbe easier for the lande of the Sodomites and Gomorreans, in the day of iudgement, then for that citie.
comforteth them against persecutions:
Matthew 10:16 Beholde, I sende you foorth, as sheepe in the middest of woolfes. Be ye therfore wyse as serpentes, and harmelesse as doues. Matthew 10:17 But beware of men. For they shall delyuer you vp to the councels, and shal scourge you in their synagogues. Matthew 10:18 And ye shalbe brought to the head rulers, and kynges, for my sake, in witnesse to them, and to the Gentiles. Matthew 10:19 But whe they delyuer you vp, take ye no thought, how or what ye shal speake. For it shalbe geuen you, euen in that same houre, what ye shall speake. Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye that speake, but ye spirite of your father, which speaketh in you. Matthew 10:21 The brother shall delyuer vp the brother to death, and the father the sonne, & the chyldren shall ryse agaynst their fathers, and mothers, and shall put them to death. Matthew 10:22 And ye shalbe hated of all men, for my names sake: but he that endureth to the ende, shalbe saued. Matthew 10:23 But, when they persecute you in this citie, flee ye into another. For verily I say vnto you, ye shall not ende all the cities of Israel, tyll the sonne of man be come. Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not aboue the maister, nor the seruaunt aboue his lorde. Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple, that he be as his maister is: and that the seruaunt, be as his lorde is. If they haue called the lorde of the house Beelzebub: howe much more shall they call them of his householde so? Matthew 10:26 Feare them not therfore. For there is nothing close, that shal not be opened: & nothing hyd, that shall not be knowen. Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darknesse, that speake ye in lyght: And what ye heare in the eare, that preach ye on the houses. Matthew 10:28 And feare ye not them, which kyll the body, but are not able to kyll the soule. But rather feare hym, which is able to destroy both soule and body in hell. Matthew 10:29 Are not two litle sparowes solde for a farthyng? And one of the shall not light on the grounde, without your father. Matthew 10:30 Yea, euen all the heeres of your head are numbred. Matthew 10:31 Feare ye not therefore, ye are of more value then many sparowes. Matthew 10:32 Euery one therfore, that shall confesse me before men, hym wyll I confesse also, before my father, which is in heaues. Matthew 10:33 But whosoeuer shall denye me before men, hym wyll I also denye, before my father, which is in heauens. Matthew 10:34 Thinke not that I am come to sende peace into the earth. I came not to sende peace, but a sworde. Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at varyaunce agaynst his father, & the daughter agaynst her mother, and the daughter in lawe agaynst her mother in lawe. Matthew 10:36 And a mans foes [shalbe] they of his owne householde. Matthew 10:37 He that loueth father or mother, more then me, is not worthy of me. And he that loueth sonne or daughter, more the me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his crosse, & foloweth me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that loseth his lyfe, for my sake, shall fynde it.
and promiseth a blessing to those that receive them.
Matthew 10:40 He that receaueth you, receaueth me: & he that receaueth me, receaueth hym that sent me. Matthew 10:41 He that receaueth a prophete, in the name of a prophete, shall receaue a prophetes rewarde. And he that receaueth a ryghteous man, in the name of a ryghteous man, shall receaue a ryghteous mans rewarde. Matthew 10:42 And whosoeuer shall geue vnto one of these litle ones, to drynke, a cuppe of colde water only, in the name of a disciple, veryly I say vnto you, he shall not lose his rewarde.