Matthew 9:36-38; 10:1-8
At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: 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 tax collector; James the son of Alphaios, and Lebbaeos called Thaddaios; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying give without pay.
Bless Adonai, my soul! Everything in me, bless his holy name!
Bless Adonai, my soul, and forget none of his benefits! He forgives all your offenses, he heals all your diseases, he redeems your life from the pit, he surrounds you with grace and compassion, he contents you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
Adonai brings vindication and justice to all who are oppressed.
He made his ways known to Moshe, his mighty deeds to the people of Isra’el.
Adonai is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in grace. He will not always accuse, he will not keep his anger forever. He has not treated us as our sins deserve or paid us back for our offenses, because his mercy toward those who fear him is as far above earth as heaven. He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.
Just as a father has compassion on his children, Adonai has compassion on those who fear him. For he understands how we are made, he remembers that we are dust.
Yes, a human being’s days are like grass, he sprouts like a flower in the countryside — but when the wind sweeps over, it’s gone; and its place knows it no more.
But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children, provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts.
Adonai has established his throne in heaven; his kingly power rules everything.
Bless Adonai, you angels of his, you mighty warriors who obey his word, who carry out his orders! Bless Adonai, all his troops, who serve him and do what he wants! Bless Adonai, all his works, in every place where he rules!
Bless Adonai, my soul!”
Tehillim (Psa) 103:1-22 CJB