Matthew 10

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Matthew 10
Sinaiticus, Matthew 9,23-10,17.JPG
Gospel of Matthew 9:23-10:17 on Codex Sinaiticus, made about AD 330-360.
Book Gospel of Matthew
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 1
Category Gospel

Matthew 10 is the tenth chapter in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament section of the Christian Bible. Matthew 10 comes after Jesus had called some of his disciples and before the meeting with the disciples of John the Baptist. This section is also known as the Mission Discourse or the Little Commission in contrast to the Great Commission. The Little Commission is specifically to the Israelites while the Great Commission is to all nationalities.


Matthew 10 consists almost entirely of Jesus's sayings. In this chapter, Jesus sends out the Twelve Apostles to heal and preach throughout the region and gives them careful instruction. Many of the sayings found in Matthew 10 are also found in Luke 10 and the Gospel of Thomas, which is not found in the accepted New Testament canon.

Verses 2-4 of the chapter list the names of Jesus's Apostles.

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. (King James Version)


Matthew 10:13-15 on Papyrus 110 (c. 4th century), recto side.
Matthew 10:25-27 on Papyrus 110 (c. 4th century), verso side.
Matthew 10:10-17 on Codex Petropolitanus Purpureus (6th century.
Codex Sinaiticus (ca. AD 330-360), Matthew 10:17-11:15

Parallels in the Gospel of Thomas[edit]

Matthew 10 contains many parallels found in the Gospel of Thomas.

  • Matthew 10:16 parallels saying 39 in the Gospel of Thomas.
  • Matthew 10:37 parallels sayings 55 and 101
  • Matthew 10:27b parallels saying 33a.
  • Matthew 10:34-36 parallels saying 16.
  • Matthew 10:26 parallels saying 5b.

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Preceded by
Matthew 9
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 11