Christ sendeth out his twelve Apostles, enabling them with power to do miracles,
Matthew 10:1 And whan his .xij. disciples were called vnto him, he gaue them power agaynst vncleane spretes, to cast them out, and to heale all maner of syckenesse, and all maner of dysease. Matthew 10:2 The names of the .xij. Apostles are these The fyrst, Symon which is called Peter: and Andrew his brother: Iames the sonne of Zebedee, and Iohn his brother: Matthew 10:3 Philip & Bartholomew: Thomas and Mathew, which had bene a Publican. Iames þe sonne of Alphe, and Lebbeus (whose syrname was Taddeus) Matthew 10:4 Simon of Canaan, and Iudas Iscarioth, which also be traied him.
giveth them their charge, teacheth them,
Matthew 10:5 Iesus sent forth these twelue in nombre, whom he commaunded, saying. Go not into the waye of the gentyls, and into the cytie of the Samaritans enter ye not. Matthew 10:6 But goo rather to the lost shepe of the house of Israell. Matthew 10:7 Go and preache, saying: The kyngdome of heauen is at hand. Matthew 10:8 Heale the sycke, clense the lepers, rayse þe deed, cast out deuyls. Frely ye haue receaued: geue frely. Matthew 10:9 Possesse not golde nor syluer nor brasse in youre purses, Matthew 10:10 nor yet scrip towardes your iorney: nether two cotes, nether shoes, nor yet a rodde. For the worckman is worthy of his meate. Matthew 10:11 But to whatsoeuer cytie or towne ye shall come, enquyre 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 yf the house be worthy, let youre peace come vpon it. But yf it be not worthy, let youre peace retourne to you agayne. Matthew 10:14 And whosoeuer shall not receaue you, nor wyll heare youre preachynge: when ye departe oute of that house or that cytie shake of þe duste of youre fete. Matthew 10:15 Uerely I saye vnto you: it shalbe easier for the land of Zodoma and Gomorra in the daye of iudgement, then for that cytie.
comforteth them against persecutions:
Matthew 10:16 Beholde, I sende you forth, as shepe among wolues. Be ye therfore wyse as serpentes and innocent as doues. Matthew 10:17 But beware of men, for they shall delyuer you vp to the councels, and shall scourge you in their synagoges. Matthew 10:18 And ye shall be brought to þe heed rulers, and kynges, for my sake, in wytnes to them and to the gentyls. Matthew 10:19 But when they delyuer you vp, take ye no thought, how or what ye shall speake: for it shalbe geuen you, euen in þt same houre what ye shall speake. Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye þt speke, but þe spryte of youre father which speaketh in yon. Matthew 10:21 The brother shall delyuer vp þe brother to deeth, & þe father þe sonne. And the children shal aryse agaynst their fathers and mothers, and shall put them to deeth: Matthew 10:22 & ye shalbe hated of all men for my name sake. But he that endureth to the ende, shalbe saued. Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this cytie, flye ye into another. For verely I saye vnto you: ye shall not go thorowe all the cyties of Israell tyll the sonne of man be come. Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not aboue the master: nor þe seruaunt aboue his Lord. Matthew 10:25 It is ynough for þe disciple, þt he be as his master is, and þt the seruaunt be as his Lorde is. If they haue called the Lord of þe house, Beelzebub: how moche more shal they call them of his householde so? Matthew 10:26 Feare them not therfore. For there is nothing closse, that shall not be opened: and nothynge hyd, that shall not be knowen. Matthew 10:27 What I tel you in darknes, that speake ye in lyght. And what ye heare in the eare, that preache ye on the house toppes. Matthew 10:28 And feare ye not them which kyll the body but are not able to kyll the soule. But rather feare him, which is able to destroye both soule and body into hell. Matthew 10:29 Are not two lytle sparowes sold for a farthyng? And one of them shall not lyght on the grounde with out youre father. Matthew 10:30 Yee, euen al the heares of your head are nombred. Matthew 10:31 Feare ye not therfore: ye are of more value then many sparowes. Matthew 10:32 Euery one therfore þt shall knowledge me before men, him will I knowledge also before my father which is in heauen. Matthew 10:33 But whosoeuer shall denye me before men him will I also denye before my father, which is in heauen. Matthew 10:34 Thinke not þt I am come to sende peace into the erth. I came not to send peace, but a sweard. Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variaunce agaynst his father, & the daughter agaynst her mother, & the daughter in lawe agaynst her mother in lawe. Matthew 10:36 And a mannes foes shalbe they þt are of his awne houshold. Matthew 10:37 He þt loueth father, or mother more then me, is not worthy of me. And he that loueth sonne or daughter more then me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not hys crosse and foloweth me, is not worthy of me Matthew 10:39 He that fyndeth his lyfe, shall lose it: and he that losyth 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 him that sent me. Matthew 10:41 He that receaueth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shal receaue a prophetes rewarde. And he that receaueth a ryghteous man, in the name of a ryghteous man, shall receaue a righteous mans rewarde: Matthew 10:42 And whosoeuer shall geue vnto one of these lytle ones to dryncke, a cuppe of colde water onely (in the name of a disciple) verely I saye vnyou, he shall not lose his rewarde.