The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 10
And he called his twelve disciples, and gave them power over unclean spirits to cast them out, and to cure every disease and infirmity.
Now, of the twelve apostles the names are these:
the first of them, Shemun who is called Kipha, and Andreas his brother, and Jakubbar-Zabdai, and Juchanon his brother, and Philipos, and Bar-Tholmai, and Thoma, and Mathai the tribute-gatherer, and Jakubbar-Chalphai, and Labi who was surnamed Thadai, and Shemun the zealous,2 and Jihuda S’carjuta, he who betrayed him.
These twelve Jeshu sent, and commanded them and said,
In the way of the heathens go not, and into the city of the Shomroyee do not enter; but go rather unto the sheep which have perished from the house of Isroel.
And as you go, proclaim and say that the kingdom of heaven hath drawn near.
The diseased heal, the lepers cleanse, the dead raise, and the demons cast forth.
Freely you have received, freely give.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor a wallet for the road;
neither two tunics, nor sandals, nor staff:
for worthy is the workman of his meat.
And into whatsoever city or town you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and there be till you depart.
And when you enter into the house, invoke peace for the house;
and if the house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it;
but if it be not worthy, your peace upon yourselves shall revert.
But whosoever doth not receive you or hear your words, when you depart from that house, or that town, set free the dust from your feet.
And, Amen, I say unto you, that for the land of Sadum and of Amura it will be more tolerable, in the day of the judgment, than for that city.
LO, I send you forth as sheep among wolves:
be you, therefore, wise as serpents and guileless as doves.
But beware of the sons of men;
for, delivering you to the house of judgments, in their synagogues they will scourge you, and before governors and kings bring you, on my account, for the testimony concerning them and the gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, be not solicitous how or what you shall speak;
for it is given you in that hour what you shall speak.
For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking in you.
But the brother shall deliver his brother unto death, and the father his son;
and the sons shall rise up against their fathers, and shall slay them.
And you shall be abhorred by all men on account of my name:
but he who shall persevere until the end, he shall be saved.3
When they persecute you in this city, escape to the other; for, Amen I say unto you, that you shall not have completed all the cities of the house of Isroel, till the Son of man shall come.
The disciple is not greater than his master, nor the servant than his lord.
It sufficeth the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.
If the master of the house they have called Beelzebub, how much more his house-sons !
You shall not fear, therefore, from them;
for there is nothing covered which shall not be revealed, nor secret which shall not be known.
Whatsoever I say to you in darkness, declare you in the light;
and whatsoever you have heard in your ears, proclaim upon the [house-]roofs.
And fear not them who kill the body, but the soul cannot kill; but fear rather One who the soul and the body can destroy in gihano.
Are not two sparrows sold for an asor? 4
yet one of them, without your Father, doth not fall upon the earth.
But of you, also, the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, therefore;
than many sparrows more precious are you.
Every man, therefore, who shall confess me before the sons of men, I myself will confess him also before my Father who is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before the sons of men, I also will deny him, I, before my Father who is in heaven.
EXPECT not that I have come to send forth peace on the earth;
I have not come to send forth peace, but the sword.
For I have come to cause a man to separate from 5 his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a daughter-in-law from her mother-in-law;
and the adversaries of a man (to be) his own house-sons.
Whosoever loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy (of) me;
and whosoever loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy (of) me.
And every one who taketh not his cross and cometh after me, is not worthy of me.
Whosoever will find his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Whosoever receiveth you, receiveth me;
and whosoever receiveth me, Him who sent me he receiveth.
Whosoever entertaineth a prophet in the name of a prophet, the reward of a prophet receiveth.
Whosoever entertaineth a just man in the name of a just man, the reward of the just man he receiveth.
And whosoever only giveth one of these little ones a cup of cold (waters) to drink in the name of a disciple, Amen, I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
3 Shall live.
4 The assarius, value three farthings.
5 To divide against.