The Mission of the Seventy
10 1 Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others , and sent them in pairs ahead e of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come . 2 And He was saying to them, " The harvest is plentiful , but the laborers are few ; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest . 3 "Go ; behold , I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves . 4 " Carry no money belt , no bag , no shoes ; and greet no one on the way . 5 "Whatever house you enter , first say , 'Peace be to this house .' 6 "If a man of peace is there , your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7 "Stay in that house , eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages . Do not keep moving from house to house . 8 "Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 and heal those in it who are sick , and say to them, ' The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 "But whatever e city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say , 11 ' Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this , that the kingdom of God has come near .' 12 "I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city .
Woes to Unrepentant Cities
13 " Woe to you, Chorazin ! Woe to you, Bethsaida ! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago , sitting in sackcloth and ashes . 14 "But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. 15 "And you, Capernaum , will not be exalted to heaven , will you? You will be brought down to Hades ! 16 " The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."
The Return of the Seventy
17 The seventy returned with joy , saying , "Lord , even the demons are subject to us in Your name ." 18 And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning . 19 "Behold , I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions , and over all the power of the enemy , and nothing will injure you. 20 "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this , that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven ."
21 At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit , and said , "I praise You, O Father , Lord of heaven and earth , that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants . Yes , Father , for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight . 22 " All things have been handed over to Me by My Father , and no one knows who the Son is except the Father , and who the Father is except the Son , and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him." 23 Turning to the disciples , He said privately e , "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see , 24 for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see , and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear , and did not hear them."