Matthew 10:40
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New International Version
"Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

New Living Translation
"Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me.

English Standard Version
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.

New American Standard Bible
"He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

King James Bible
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"The one who welcomes you welcomes Me, and the one who welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me.

International Standard Version
"The one who receives you receives me, and the one who receives me receives the one who sent me.

NET Bible
"Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The person who welcomes you welcomes me, and the person who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

King James 2000 Bible
He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

American King James Version
He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

American Standard Version
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Darby Bible Translation
He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

English Revised Version
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that receiveth you, receiveth me, and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Weymouth New Testament
"Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me.

World English Bible
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.

Young's Literal Translation
'He who is receiving you doth receive me, and he who is receiving me doth receive Him who sent me,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 40-42. - Final encouragement. The evangelist takes the main idea of these verses from our Lord's words to the seventy (Luke 10:16), but moulds it in the form of his later saying, Matthew 18:5 (cf. especially the parallel passage, Luke 9:48, also Mark 9:37). He further adds (ver. 42) other words also spoken later (Mark 9:41; cf. ver. 42 there with our Matthew 18:6). In these verses the discourse returns to the immediate occasion, the mission of the disciples. Christ shows his personal interest in their work; his messengers' cause is his. He says, "I reckon treatment of you as treatment of me; ay, and he that sent me reckons it as treatment of himself" (ver. 40). This principle as to the treatment of representatives holds good throughout. Not every one can be a prophet, but those who help him shall share his reward. Not every one shall acquire the technical name of "righteous," but those who help such a man shall share his reward (ver. 4l); even the smallest kindnesses shall not be unrewarded (ver. 42). Verse 40. - He that receiveth you receiveth me. "A man's messenger is as himself" (Mishna, 'Berach.,' 5:5). Yet, as Bengel says, "Non mode tantundem est, ac si me reciperet. sed severn me recipit." Ford quotes from Tertullian ('De Orat.,' § 26), "A brother that hath entered into thine house, dismiss not without prayer. 'Thou hast seen,' saith he, 'thy brother; thou hast seen thy Lord.'" The same legion is found twice in Clem. Alex. (cf. Resch, 'Agrapha,' p. 296). (For an extension of the thought to bishops, cf. Ign., ' Ephesians,' § 6.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that receiveth you, receiveth me,.... This is said to comfort the disciples, lest they should conclude from this account of the sorrows, afflictions, and persecutions they were to meet with, that there would be none that would receive them and their message; Christ therefore suggests, that there would be some that would embrace the Gospel preached by them, and receive them kindly into their houses, and entertain them in a very hospitable manner: and, for the encouragement of such persons, who would risk their own goods and lives by so doing, he lets them know, that receiving of his disciples, was interpreted by him, a receiving of himself; and what they did to them, would be taken as kindly, as if done to him personally; and, in like manner, would it be understood and accepted by his Father:

and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. To which agrees, what the Jews say (p) of the angel, in Exodus 23:22 "If thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I shall speak": who observe, that it is not written, "that he shall speak", but "that I shall speak"; intimating, that , "if ye receive him, it is all one as if you received me": and the whole of this accords with a common saying among (q) them, , "that a man's messenger is as himself". The Jew (r), therefore, has no reason to reproach Christ and his followers as he does, as if it was the sense of these words of Christ, and which the Christians give of them, that Christ and his twelve apostles were but one person.

(p) Shemot Rabba Parash. 32. fol. 135. 3.((q) T. Bab. Baracot, fol. 34. 2. Kiddushin, fol. 41. 2. 42. 1. & 43. 1. Bava Metzia, fol. 96. 1.((r) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par 2. sect. 14. p. 404.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40. He that receiveth you—entertaineth you,

receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me—As the treatment which an ambassador receives is understood and regarded as expressing the light in which he that sends him is viewed, so, says our Lord here, "Your authority is Mine, as Mine is My Father's."

Matthew 10:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Reward of Service
40"He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41"He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.…
Cross References
1 Kings 18:4
While Jezebel was killing off the LORD's prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)

Matthew 18:5
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Mark 9:37
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Luke 9:48
Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest."

Luke 10:16
"Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me."

John 12:44
Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.

John 13:20
Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."

Galatians 4:14
and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
Treasury of Scripture

He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

He that.

Matthew 18:5 And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

Matthew 25:40,45 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives …

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives …

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has …

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; …

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

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John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

John 12:44-49 Jesus cried and said, He that believes on me, believes not on me, …

Philippians 2:10,11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

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2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has …

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