Matthew 10:6
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New International Version
Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.

New Living Translation
but only to the people of Israel--God's lost sheep.

English Standard Version
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

King James Bible
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

International Standard Version
Instead, go to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.

NET Bible
Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But go especially to the sheep that have been lost of the house of Israel.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, go to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

American King James Version
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

American Standard Version
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

English Revised Version
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Weymouth New Testament
but, instead of that, go to the lost sheep of Israel's race.

World English Bible
Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and be going rather unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
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 6. - But go. On your daily journeying (πορέεσθε, present). Rather. With conscious preference. To the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Thus also he describes his own mission (Matthew 15:24). The words recall Jeremiah 50:6 (27:6, LXX.), "My people hath been lost sheep." Observe that our Lord implies a special relation of Israel to God (for the house has its owner) which was lacking in the case of all other nations. Yet, their proper teachers having proved faithless, they were now as shepherdless as these (Matthew 9:36). Lost. Notice here the basis of the parable related in Luke 15:4-7; cf. Matthew 18:12, 13 (ver. 11 of the Received Text is a gloss), where the term "wandering" is not so strong (Bengel).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. To whom he himself was sent, Matthew 15:24. By "the house of Israel" is meant the whole Jewish nation; for though this phrase, when distinguished from the house of Judah, designs only the ten tribes; yet here it intends all the Jews, then living in the land of Judea, among whom there were some of all the tribes: and by "the lost sheep" of this house, are meant either all the people of the Jews in general, who were wandering, and were lost in error and sin, and to whom the external ministry of the Gospel came; or rather the elect of God among them, for whose sake particularly the apostles were sent unto them. These are called "sheep", because they were chosen of God, and given to Christ to be redeemed, looked up, sought out, and saved by him; and "lost" ones, not only because lost in Adam, and by their own transgressions, so that neither they themselves, nor any mere creature, could save them from eternal ruin and destruction; but also, because they were made to go astray, and were lost through the negligence and errors of their pastors, the Scribes and Pharisees: and this character is the rather given of them, partly to reflect upon the characters of the shepherds of Israel: and partly to magnify the grace of God, in having regard to such ruined and miserable creatures; and also to excite the compassion and diligence of the apostles, to preach the Gospel to them: respect seems to be had to Jeremiah 1:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel—Until Christ's death, which broke down the middle wall of partition (Eph 2:14), the Gospel commission was to the Jews only, who, though the visible people of God, were "lost sheep," not merely in the sense which all sinners are (Isa 53:6; 1Pe 2:25; compare with Lu 19:10), but as abandoned and left to wander from the right way by faithless shepherds (Jer 50:6, 17; Eze 34:2-6, &c.).

Matthew 10:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ministry of the Twelve
5These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'…
Cross References
Jeremiah 50:6
"My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.

Ezekiel 34:4
You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.

Matthew 15:24
He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
Treasury of Scripture

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Matthew 15:24-26 But he answered and said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless …

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

Acts 28:25-28 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

Romans 11:11-15 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: …

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Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant; for I do …

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his …

Jeremiah 50:6,17 My people has been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to …

Ezekiel 34:6,8,16 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill: …

Luke 15:3-10 And he spoke this parable to them, saying…

1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd …

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