And Jesus went about all the cities and all the villages in a circle, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. But seeing the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He to His disciples, "The harvest, indeed, is abundant, but the laborers few: pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest."
Then He called together His twelve disciples to Him, and gave them power and authority over all demons, unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity; and began to send them forth two by two, to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And He charged the twelve, saying : "Go not into any way of the Gentiles and enter not into any city of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven hath come near." Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons; freely ye have received, freely give. Take nothing for the journey. Provide no money: neither gold, nor silver, nor brass, in your belts; nor staff, except one staff only; nor shoes, but be shod with sandals; no provision wallet nor bread, for the laborer is worthy of his food; and put not on two coats. And into whatsoever city or village ye enter, inquire who in it is worthy. And into whatsoever house ye enter, there abide until ye depart. But when ye enter into the house, salute it. And if, indeed, the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever, or whatsoever place will not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of Judgment, than for that city.
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye, therefore, wise as serpents and blameless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. And before governors also and kings ye shall be brought on My account, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
"But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what you shall speak; for it will be given you in that hour what ye shall speak, for it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you. But brother shall deliver up his brother to death, and father his child; and children shall rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated by all for My name's sake; but he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next; for verily I say to you, ye shall not have gone through the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is sufficient for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of His household! Fear them not therefore; for there is nothing covered that shall not be uncovered, and secret that shall not be known. What I say to you in privacy, speak in public; and what ye hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And be not afraid of those that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but fear Him rather Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father's consent. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows. Every one, therefore, who shall confess Me before men, I also will confess him before My Father Who is in heaven; but whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Who is in heaven.
"Do not think that I came to bring peace upon the earth: I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set at variance a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: and a man's foes shall be his own household. "He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me: and he that doth not take his cross and follow after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for My sake, shall find it. He that receiveth you,receiveth Me; and he that receiveth Me, receiveth Him Who sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
And it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities; and they, going forth, passed along through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing in every place. And they preached that men should repent; and they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many sick persons and healed them.