(112) The Mission of the Seventy
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was about to go. And He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest that He will send out laborers into His harvest.
“Go you ways. But look, I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or shoes, and greet no one on the way. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon it; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
“When you enter a city and they welcome you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when a city you enter refuses to receive you, go out into the streets of that city and say, ‘Even the very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. And you can be sure of this: the kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom in that day than for that city.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be thrust down to hell.
“He who listens to you listens to me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.”
And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.”
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I give you power to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, “I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in your sight.
“All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings have wanted to see what you see, and have not seen, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard.”
(112) The Mission of the Seventy
Luke 10:1-24, KJV
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. 16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. 17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. 23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
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