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Luke 9:1–11

The Twelve Commissioned and Sent Out

9 And summoning the twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And he said to them, “Take along nothing for the journey—neither a staff, nor a traveler’s bag, nor bread, nor money, nor to have two tunics apiece. And into whatever house you enter, stay there and depart from there. And as for all those who do not welcome you—when you* depart from that town, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” So they departed and* went throughout the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.

Herod Perplexed About Jesus

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John has been raised from the dead, and by some that Elijah had appeared, and others that some prophet of ancient times had risen. And Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he was wanting to see him.

The Feeding of Five Thousand

10 And when they* returned, the apostles described to him all that they had done. And he took them along and* withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. 11 But when* the crowds found out, they followed him, and welcoming them, he began to speak* to them about the kingdom of God, and he cured those who had need of healing.

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