Matthew 10:11
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New International Version
Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.

New Living Translation
"Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town.

English Standard Version
And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart.

New American Standard Bible
"And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.

King James Bible
And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave.

International Standard Version
"Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is receptive in it and stay there until you leave.

NET Bible
Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whichever city or village you enter, ask who is worthy in it and stay there until you leave.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When you go into a city or village, look for people who will listen to you there. Stay with them until you leave [that place].

Jubilee Bible 2000
And into whatever city or town ye shall enter, search out with diligence who in it is worthy; and there abide until ye go from there.

King James 2000 Bible
And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go from there.

American King James Version
And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go there.

American Standard Version
And into whatsoever city or village ye shall enter, search out who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go forth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till you go thence.

Darby Bible Translation
But into whatsoever city or village ye enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there remain till ye go forth.

English Revised Version
And into whatsoever city or village ye shall enter, search out who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go forth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And into whatever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till ye go thence.

Weymouth New Testament
"Whatever town or village you enter, inquire for some good man; and make his house your home till you leave the place.

World English Bible
Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.

Young's Literal Translation
'And into whatever city or village ye may enter, inquire ye who in it is worthy, and there abide, till ye may go forth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:5-15 The Gentiles must not have the gospel brought them, till the Jews have refused it. This restraint on the apostles was only in their first mission. Wherever they went they must proclaim, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. They preached, to establish the faith; the kingdom, to animate the hope; of heaven, to inspire the love of heavenly things, and the contempt of earthly; which is at hand, that men may prepare for it without delay. Christ gave power to work miracles for the confirming of their doctrine. This is not necessary now that the kingdom of God is come. It showed that the intent of the doctrine they preached, was to heal sick souls, and to raise those that were dead in sin. In proclaiming the gospel of free grace for the healing and saving of men's souls, we must above all avoid the appearance of the spirit of an hireling. They are directed what to do in strange towns and cities. The servant of Christ is the ambassador of peace to whatever place he is sent. His message is even to the vilest sinners, yet it behoves him to find out the best persons in every place. It becomes us to pray heartily for all, and to conduct ourselves courteously to all. They are directed how to act as to those that refused them. The whole counsel of God must be declared, and those who will not attend to the gracious message, must be shown that their state is dangerous. This should be seriously laid to heart by all that hear the gospel, lest their privileges only serve to increase their condemnation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Parallel passages: Mark 6:10; Luke 9:4 (the twelve); 10:5-8 (the seventy). Matthew alone mentions the command to inquire who is worthy. And into whatsoever city or town; village (Revised Version); cf. Matthew 9:35, note. Ye shall enter, inquire; search out (Revised Version). Much more is implied than merely asking some chance passer-by (cf. Matthew 2:8). Who in it is worthy; i.e. equivalent by moral rate (ἄξιος) - in this case to the privilege of your lodging with him; elsewhere to the offer of peace (ver. 13), to the favour of an invitation (Matthew 22:8), to walking with Christ clothed in white (Revelation 3:47, to punishment (Revelation 16:6). And there abide till ye go thence; go forth (Revised Version); i.e. finally (ver. 14). The object of this command, which was reckoned so important as to be recorded in all three parallel passages (vide supra), is to prevent; partly favouritism and rivalry, partly waste of time. For "when a stranger arrives in a village or an encampment, the neighbours, one after another, must invite him to eat with them. There is a strict etiquette about it, involving much ostentation and hypocrisy; and a failure in the due observance of this system of hospitality is violently resented, and often leads to alienations and feuds among neighbours. It also consumes much time, causes unusual distraction of mind, leads to levity, and every way counteracts the success of a spiritual mission" (Thomson, 'Land and the Book,' p. 347); cf. St. Luke's "Go not from house to house" (Luke 10:7). It is, on the other hand, quite unnecessary to see here, with Meyer and Weiss, a prohibition to go to the synagogues or indeed to anywhere else where they could gain a hearing during their stay. Our Lord is referring only to lodging and food (Luke 10:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter,.... As Christ had instructed them in what manner they were to travel, so he directs them where to go, and who to ask for, and take up their abode with, in the several towns and villages to which they should come; that as soon as they had entered any town or village, they should, in the first place,

inquire, who in it is worthy; not of them, as the Arabic version reads, nor of the Gospel they preached, or of the grace of God, of which no man is worthy: and besides, who could answer to such a question when asked? Who in any town, or city, could tell who in it were worthy of Christ, of his Gospel, and ministers, to which they were all equally strangers before they came among them? Nor does it mean a man famous for piety and religion, or one that feared God, and was a worshipper of him, but an hospitable man; one that was very liberal; who was willing and ready to entertain strangers; for such a man they would want, having neither money nor food: and so the same word, in the Hebrew language, signifies "to be worthy", and "to give alms", because an eleemosynary man, or a man given to alms, was reckoned by the Jews a very worthy man: they thought giving of alms to be a matter of merit. Christ here speaks in the language of the masters of Israel; take an instance or two:

"saith R. Jona, blessed is the man that giveth to the poor; it is not written so, but "blessed is he that considereth the poor": he looks upon him, how he may , "give alms to him".''

And a little after,

""God hath set one against the other", that when evil comes to thy friend, thou mayest see how , "to do thine alms to him", and nourish him, so that thou mayest receive the gift of its reward.''

Again, so a man says to his neighbour, , "give alms unto me": and afterwards, in the same place, it is said, , "give alms unto that woman" (t). Now, it was such a worthy generous man, that was beneficent to the poor, and kind to strangers, that the apostles were to inquire out, wherever they came; and having found such a person, they were to continue with him:

and there abide till ye go out; of that city or town, to another city or town: for to be often changing houses would bring upon them an ill character, as if they were difficult to be pleased, not content with the provision made for them; and would look as if they sought to serve their own bellies, and gratify their appetites, more than to do good to the souls of men; and besides, moving from the house of a bountiful man, might bring some reproach upon his character, as if he had not used them well, and therefore left him. In short, Christ's meaning is, that he would not have his disciples be difficult, and dainty, or fickle, and inconstant, but be content with such things they should have provided for them; and not seek for other, and better quarters, nor fear being troublesome where they were.

(t) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 34. fol. 173. 3, 4. & 174. 4. Midrash Kohelet c. 11. 1. fol. 82. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. And into whatsoever city or town—town or village.

ye shall enter inquire—carefully.

who in it is worthy—or "meet" to entertain such messengers; not in point of rank, of course, but of congenial disposition.

and there abide till ye go thence—not shifting about, as if discontented, but returning the welcome given with a courteous, contented, accommodating disposition.

Matthew 10:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ministry of the Twelve
10or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. 11"And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. 12"As you enter the house, give it your greeting.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:10
no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.

Matthew 10:12
As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
Treasury of Scripture

And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go there.

enquire.

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Judges 19:16-21 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field …

1 Kings 17:9 Arise, get you to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: …

Job 31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to …

Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village…

Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Acts 18:1-3 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth…

3 John 1:7,8 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing …

and there.

Mark 6:10 And he said to them, In what place soever you enter into an house, …

Luke 9:4 And whatever house you enter into, there abide, and there depart.

Luke 10:7,8 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as …

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