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Jesus Sends Seventy-Two To The Cities Ahead of Him

10 And after these things, the Lord appointed seventy two[a] others, and sent them out ahead of His presence two by two, to every city and place where He Himself was going to go.

Jesus Empowers Them And Instructs Them On How To Conduct Themselves

And He was saying to them “The harvest is great, but the workers are few! Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that He send-out workers into His harvest. Go! Behold— I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Do not be carrying a money-bag[b]; not a [traveler’s] bag, not sandals. And greet[c] no one along the road. And into whatever house you enter, first say ‘Peace on this house’. And if a son of [d] peace is there, your peace will rest on him. Otherwise indeed, it will return to you. And be staying in the very house, eating and drinking the things from them. For the worker is worthy of his wages. Do not be passing from house to house. And into whatever city you enter and they welcome you, be eating the things being set-before you. And be curing the sick ones in it. And be saying to them, ‘The kingdom of God has drawn-near to you’. 10 But into whatever city you enter and they do not welcome you, having gone out into its wide-roads, say 11 ‘We are wiping-off against you even the dust having clung to us from your city— to our feet. Nevertheless know this: that the kingdom of God has drawn near’. 12 I say to you that it will be more-tolerable[e] on that day for Sodom than for that city! 13 Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! Because if the miracles having taken place in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long-ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 Nevertheless[f] it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted up to heaven? You will go-down as far as Hades. 16 The one listening-to you is listening-to Me. And the one rejecting you is rejecting Me. And the one rejecting Me is rejecting the One having sent Me forth”.

The Seventy-Two Return Rejoicing In Their Power. Rejoice In Your Salvation Instead

17 And the seventy two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name”. 18 And He said to them, “I was seeing[g] Satan having fallen like[h] lightning from heaven. 19 Behold— I have given you the authority to trample[i] on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing will by-any-means[j] harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not be rejoicing in this— that the spirits are subject to you. But be rejoicing that your names have been recorded in the heavens”.

It Pleases God To Hide The Kingdom From The Wise And Reveal It To The Childlike

21 At the very hour, He rejoiced-greatly in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that[k] You hid these things from wise ones and intelligent ones, and You revealed them to children[l]. Yes, Father, because[m] in this manner it became well-pleasing in Your sight. 22 All things were handed-over to Me by My Father. And no one knows[n] Who the Son is except the Father, and Who the Father is except the Son— and anyone to whom[o] the Son wills[p] to reveal Him”. 23 And having turned to the disciples, He said privately, “Blessed[q] are the eyes seeing the things which you are seeing. 24 For I say to you that many prophets and kings wanted to experience[r] the things which you are seeing, and they did not experience them; and to hear the things which you are hearing, and they did not hear them”.

What Shall I Do To Inherit Life? Love God And Your Neighbor. Who Is My Neighbor?

25 And behold— a certain Law-expert stood up, putting Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, [by] having done what shall I inherit eternal life?” 26 And the One said to him, “What has been written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And the one, having responded, said, “You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole strength, and with your whole mind, and your neighbor as yourself ”. 28 And He said to him, “You answered correctly. Be doing this and you will live”. 29 But the one, wanting to vindicate[s] himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

The Parable of The Good Samaritan: Be a Neighbor To Everyone

30 Having taken-up the question, Jesus said, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. And he fell-into[t] robbers, who, both having stripped him and having laid-on blows, went away— having left him half-dead. 31 And by coincidence, a certain priest was going down on that road. And having seen him, he passed-by-on-the-other-side. 32 And likewise also a Levite having come-to-be upon the place, having come and having seen, passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, while traveling, came upon him. And having seen, he felt-deep-feelings [of compassion]. 34 And having gone to him, he bound his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. And having put him on his own mount, he brought him to an inn and took-care-of him. 35 And on the next day, having taken out two denarii[u], he gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take-care-of him. And whatever thing you spend-further I will give-back to you during my returning’. 36 Which of these three seems to you to have become[v] a neighbor of the one having fallen into the robbers?” 37 And the one said, “The one having shown mercy to him”. And Jesus said to him, “Go, and you be doing likewise”.

Mary Chooses The Good Part: Listening To The Word of Jesus

38 And during their proceeding, He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman, Martha by name, received[w] Him. 39 And to this one there was a sister being called Mary, who also was listening-to His word, having sat near to the feet of the Lord. 40 But Martha was being distracted[x] with much service. And having stood-near, she said “Lord, do You not care that my sister left me to be serving alone? Tell her then that she should help me”. 41 But having responded, the Lord said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. 42 But there is a need of one thing. For Mary chose the good[y] part, which will not be taken-away from her”.


  1. Luke 10:1 Some manuscripts omit this word here and in v 17.
  2. Luke 10:4 money-bag... sandals. That is, take no provisions, nor the means to buy or carry them. Go as you are.
  3. Luke 10:4 That is, move quickly from city to city.
  4. Luke 10:6 That is, characterized by peace toward you.
  5. Luke 10:12 Or, more-endurable, more-bearable.
  6. Luke 10:14 See Mt 11:22.
  7. Luke 10:18 Or, observing, perceiving.
  8. Luke 10:18 That is, clearly and unmistakably; or, suddenly and repeatedly.
  9. Luke 10:19 Or, tread.
  10. Luke 10:19 Or, ever. Nothing can stop them from completing the mission Jesus has given them.
  11. Luke 10:21 Or, because.
  12. Luke 10:21 Or, childlike ones.
  13. Luke 10:21 Or, that; Yes Father, I praise You that.
  14. Luke 10:22 Or, understands, recognizes, acknowledges.
  15. Luke 10:22 Or, and to whomever.
  16. Luke 10:22 Or, desires, wants, wishes.
  17. Luke 10:23 Or, Fortunate.
  18. Luke 10:24 Or, see, but not the same word as next.
  19. Luke 10:29 Or, justify.
  20. Luke 10:30 Or, encountered.
  21. Luke 10:35 That is, two day’s wages for a laborer.
  22. Luke 10:36 Or, proved-to-be.
  23. Luke 10:38 That is, into her house as a guest.
  24. Luke 10:40 Or, pulled-away, diverted, drawn-off.
  25. Luke 10:42 Or, better, best, based on the context.

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