Matthew 10:05 KJV
These twelve Jesus sent out
and commanded them, saying:
“Do not go into the way of the Gentiles,
and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.
New International Version
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
New Living Translation
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans,
English Standard Version
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans,
Berean Study Bible
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go onto the road of the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
Berean Literal Bible
These twelve, Jesus sent forth, having instructed them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles and do not enter into any city of the Samaritans.
New American Standard Bible
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go on a road to Gentiles, and do not enter a city of Samaritans;
Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them: “Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not go into a city of the Samaritans;
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These twelve Jesus sent forth
Namely, to preach the gospel and to work miracles; exercising therein His supreme authority over His Church.
And commanded, Go not into the way of the Gentiles
That is, do not go into their country.
Their commission was thus confined now, because the calling of the Gentiles was deferred till after the more plentiful effusion of the Holy Ghost on the day of pentecost.
Go not into the way of the Gentiles.
The emphatic limitation seems at first sight at variance with the language which had spoken of those who should come from east and west to sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of God, and with the fact that our Lord had already taken His disciples into a city of Samaria, and told them that there also there were fields white for the harvest (John 4:35).
We must however remember, however:
- That the limitation was confined to the mission on which they were now sent;
- That it did but recognise a divine order, the priority of Israel in God’s dealing with mankind, “to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile;”
- And that the disciples themselves were as yet unfitted to enter on a work which required wider thoughts and hopes than they had yet attained.
It was necessary that they should learn to share their Master’s pity for the lost sheep of the house of Israel before they could enter into His yearnings after the sheep that were “not of this fold” (John 10:16).
And into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not
In travelling through Palestine the apostles would often have occasion to go into Samaria; but they were not to enter the cities thereof with a design to preach.
It is true, in the beginning of His ministry, our Lord himself preached to the Samaritans with great success, John 4:41-42; and therefore, had He sent his apostles among them, numbers, in all probability, would have been induced to believe; but the inveterate enmity which the Jews bore to the Samaritans made the conversion of the latter improper at this time, as it would have laid a great stumbling-block in the way of the conversion of the Jews: as preaching now to the Gentiles would also have done
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