New American Standard Bible
"If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.
King James Bible
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Darby Bible Translation
And if the house indeed be worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
World English Bible
If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.
Young's Literal Translation
and if indeed the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; and if it be not worthy, let your peace turn back to you.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If the house be worthy - That is, if the "family" be worthy, or be willing to receive you as my disciples.
Let your peace come upon it - That is, let the peace or happiness which you seek or for which you pray in saluting it (see Luke 10:5), come upon it; or seek their peace and happiness by prayer, instruction, by remaining with them, and imparting to them the blessings of the gospel.
But if it be not worthy ... - If the family be unwilling to receive you; if they show themselves unfriendly to you and your message.
Let your peace return to you - This is a Hebrew mode of saying that your peace shall not come upon it, Psalm 35:13. It is a mode of speaking derived from bestowing a gift. If people were willing to receive it, they derived the benefit from it; if not, then of course the present came back or remained in the hand of the giver. So Christ figuratively speaks of the peace which their labor would confer. If received kindly and hospitably by the people, they would confer on them most valuable blessings. If rejected and persecuted, the blessings which they sought for others would come upon themselves. they would reap the benefit of being cast out and persecuted for their Master's sake, Matthew 5:10.
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'These twelve Jesus sent forth.'--MATT. x. 5. And half of 'these twelve' are never heard of as doing any work for Christ. Peter and James and John we know; the other James and Judas have possibly left us short letters; Matthew gives us a Gospel; and of all the rest no trace is left. Some of them are never so much as named again, except in the list at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles; and none of them except the three who 'seemed to be pillars' appear to have been of much importance in the …
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But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.
"As you enter the house, give it your greeting.
"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
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