Bible: Luke 10:1-24

The Mission of the Seventy-Two

10:1 After this 1  the Lord appointed seventy-two 2  others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 3  and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 4  said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 5  to send out 6  workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 7  am sending you out like lambs 8  surrounded by wolves. 9  10:4 Do not carry 10  a money bag, 11  a traveler’s bag, 12  or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 13  10:5 Whenever 14  you enter a house, 15  first say, ‘May peace 16  be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 17  is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 18  10:7 Stay 19  in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 20  for the worker deserves his pay. 21  Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 22  you enter a town 23  and the people 24  welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 25  the sick in that town 26  and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 27  has come upon 28  you!’ 10:10 But whenever 29  you enter a town 30  and the people 31  do not welcome 32  you, go into its streets 33  and say, 10:11 Even the dust of your town 34  that clings to our feet we wipe off 35  against you. 36  Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 37  10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 38  than for that town! 39 

10:13Woe to you, Chorazin! 40  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 41  the miracles 42  done in you had been done in Tyre 43  and Sidon, 44  they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 10:15 And you, Capernaum, 45  will you be exalted to heaven? 46  No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 47 

10:16The one who listens 48  to you listens to me, 49  and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects 50  the one who sent me.” 51 

10:17 Then 52  the seventy-two 53  returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 54  us in your name! 55  10:18 So 56  he said to them, “I saw 57  Satan fall 58  like lightning 59  from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 60  on snakes and scorpions 61  and on the full force of the enemy, 62  and nothing will 63  hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 64  the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 65  that your names stand written 66  in heaven.”

10:21 On that same occasion 67  Jesus 68  rejoiced 69  in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 70  you, Father, Lord 71  of heaven and earth, because 72  you have hidden these things from the wise 73  and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 74  10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 75  No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 76  to reveal him.”

10:23 Then 77  Jesus 78  turned 79  to his 80  disciples and said privately, “Blessed 81  are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 82  what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

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