Christ sendeth out his twelve Apostles, enabling them with power to do miracles,
Matthew 10:1 And he called his .xij. Disciples vnto him & gaue theym power ouer vncleane spyrytes, to caste them out, and to heale all maner of sycknesses, and al maner of diseases. Matthew 10:2 The names of the .xij. Apostles are these. The fyrst Simon called also Peter: and Andrewe his brother. Iames the sonne of Zebede, and Iohn his brother: Matthew 10:3 Philip and Bartlemew. Thomas and Mathewe the publican. Iames the sonne of Alphe, and Lebbius otherwyse called Taddeus. Matthew 10:4 Symon of Cane, and Iudus Iscarioth which also betrayed hym.
giveth them their charge, teacheth them,
Matthew 10:5 These .xij. sent Iesus forth after he had geuen to them commaundement sainge Go not into the wayes that lead to the gentyls, & into the cityes of the Samaritanes enter ye not. Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost shepe of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:7 Go and preache sayinge: that the kingdome of heauen is at hande. Matthew 10:8 Heale the sicke, clense the lepers, raise the dead, cast out the deuils. Frely ye haue receyued, frely geue againe. Matthew 10:9 Possesse not golde, nor syluer, nor brasse in your girdles, Matthew 10:10 nor yet scrip towardes your yourney: neither two cotes neyther shues, nor yet a staste. For the worck man is worthye to haue his meate. Matthew 10:11 Into whatsoeuer citye or toune ye shall come enquire who is worthye in it, & there abyde tyl 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, your peace shall come vpon it. But if it be not worthy, your peace shall retourne to you againe. Matthew 10:14 And whosoeuer shall not receiue you, nor wyll heare your preachinge: when ye departe out of that house or that cytye, shake of the duste of your fete. Matthew 10:15 Truly I say vnto you: it shalbe easyer for the lande of Sodoma & Gomorra in the daye of iudgement then for þt citie.
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 Beware of men, for they shall delyuer you vp to the counsels, and shall stourge you in their synagoges. Matthew 10:18 And ye shalbe brought to the head rulers and kinges for my sake, in witnes to them & to þe gentyls. Matthew 10:19 But when they deliuer you vp take no thought howe or what ye shall speake, for it shalbe geuen you, euen in that same houre, what ye shal saye. Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye that speake, but the sprete of your father which speaketh in you. Matthew 10:21 The brother shall betraye the brother to death, and the father the sonne. And the children shall aryse againste their fathers & mothers, and shall put them to death: Matthew 10:22 and ye shal be hated of all men for my name. But he that endureth to the ende shalbe saued. Matthew 10:23 When they persecute you in one citye, flye into another. I tell you for a truthe, ye shall not fynishe all the cityes of Israel, tyl þe sonne of man become. Matthew 10:24 The discyples is not aboue his master: nor yet the seruaunt aboue his Lorde. Matthew 10:25 It is ynough for the discyple to be as his master is, and that the seruaunt be as hys Lorde is. If they haue called the good man of the house him selfe belzebub: how muche more shal they call them of his housholde so? Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therfore. Therfore is nothinge so close, þt shal not be opened, & nothing so hid, þt shal not be knowen. Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkenes, that speake ye in light. And what ye heare in the eare, that preache ye on the house toppes. Matthew 10:28 And feare ye not them which kil the body, and be not able to kill the soule. But rather feare him, which is able to destroy both soule & body into hell. Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparowes solde for a farthyng? And none of them doth lyght on the grounde, without your father. Matthew 10:30 And now are all þt heires of your heades numbred. Matthew 10:31 Feare ye not therfore: ye are of more value then many sparowes. Matthew 10:32 Whosoeuer therfore shall acknowlege me before men, hym will I acknowledge also before my father which is in heauen. Matthew 10:33 But whosoeuer shall deny me before men, hym will I also deny before my father which is in heauen. Matthew 10:34 Thinke not that I am come to sende peace into the earth. I came not to sende peace but a swerd. Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variaunce agaynst hys father, and the doughter against her mother, and the doughterlaw against her motherlaw: Matthew 10:36 And a mans fooes shall be they of hys owne housholde. Matthew 10:37 He that loueth hys father, or mother more then me, is not mete for me. And he that loueth hys sonne or doughter more then me, is not mete for me. Matthew 10:38 And he þt taketh not hys crosse & foloweth me, is not mete for me. Matthew 10:39 He that findeth hys lyfe, shal loose it: and he that looseth hys lyfe for my sake, shall fynde it.
and promiseth a blessing to those that receive them.
Matthew 10:40 He that receyueth you, receyueth me: & he that receyueth me, receiueth him that sent me, Matthew 10:41 He that receyueth a Prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receyue a prophetes reward. And he þt receyueth a righteouse man in þe name of a righteous man, shal receyue the rewarde of a righteous man. Matthew 10:42 And whosoeuer shall geue vnto one of these lytle ones to drinke, a cuppe of colde water only, in the name of a discypell: I tell you of a truthe, he shall not lose his rewarde.