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10 [a]He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. 11 Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.”

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  1. 6:10–11 Remaining in the same house as a guest (Mk 6:10) rather than moving to another offering greater comfort avoided any impression of seeking advantage for oneself and prevented dishonor to one’s host. Shaking the dust off one’s feet served as testimony against those who rejected the call to repentance.

Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.(A) And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet[a] in testimony against them.”(B)

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  1. 9:5 Shake the dust from your feet: see note on Mt 10:14.

Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’[a] If a peaceful person[b] lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another.(A) Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you,(B) cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’(C) 10 Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say,(D) 11 ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.(E) 12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.(F)

Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 10:5 First say, ‘Peace to this household’: see notes on Lk 2:14 and Mt 10:13.
  2. 10:6 A peaceful person: literally, “a son of peace.”
  3. 10:13–16 The call to repentance that is a part of the proclamation of the kingdom brings with it a severe judgment for those who hear it and reject it.

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