The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 10:8–16

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"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Cure the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You have received freely, so give freely.

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Do not acquire gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,

Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

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10  not a knapsack for the road, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

10  no wallet for [your] journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food.

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11  And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there until you go out.

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12  And as you enter into a household, greet it.

12  Then, when you enter into the house, greet it, saying, ‘Peace to this house.’

12  And when you enter into the house, salute the family.

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13  And if indeed the house should be worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it should not be worthy, let your peace return to you.

13  And if the family is trustworthy, your salutation of peace shall come upon it; but if it is not trustworthy, your salutation shall return to you.

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14  And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.

14  Whoever will not welcome you, and will not listen to your words, when you leave the house or the village, shake off the sand from your feet.

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15  Assuredly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

15  Truly I say to you, that it will be easier for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that city.

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16  "Behold, I am sending you forth like sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

16  Behold, I am sending you like lambs among the wolves; therefore be wise as serpents, and pure as doves.