Synoptic Evangelists present the story of how Jesus sends the twelve apostles in pairs to preach. Jesus gives them authority to preach, cast out demons, and heal the sick. He commands them to stay at the house of the worthiest man in any place they enter, and to greet that house. If the house accepts the greeting, then the apostles should stay in it, and if not, let them shake away the dust from their feet and leave that place. The Evangelist Matthew adds that the fate and judgment of such a village or town will be worse than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.