1 AFTER this, the Master appointed seventy others and sent them out two and two before him into every city and place where he was soon to come.
2 He said to them, "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, to the Owner of the harvest to hurry out laborers into his harvest.
3 Go; I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves.
4 Carry no purse, no bag, no shoes, and salute no one by the way.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.'
6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon it; but if not, it will return upon you.
7 In the same house remain, eating and drinking what they have, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not change about from house to house.
8 Whatever city you enter, if they welcome you, eat what is set before you.
9 Heal those in it that are sick and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'
10 Whatever city you enter and they do not welcome you, go out into the streets of it and say,
11 'Even the dust of your city that clings to our feet we wipe off for you; but know this, that the kingdom of God is near.'
12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom in that day than for that city.
13 Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, 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 you be exalted to heaven? You will be abased to Hades!
16 "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me. He who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
17 The seventy returned with joy saying, "Master, even the demons are subject to us in your name."
18 He said to them, "I was looking when Satan fell like lightning from heaven.
19 See, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.
20 However, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
21 At that hour in exultant joy through the Holy Sprit he said, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and hast revealed them to babes. Yea, Father, I thank thee that such became thy good pleasure.
22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, or who the Father is but the Son, and he to whom the Son may will to reveal him."
23 Turning to his disciples, he said privately, "Blessed are your eyes that see what you see!
24 I tell you, many prophets and kings wished to see the things that you see and did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear and did not hear them."
25 Then a certain lawyer stood up to test him, and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit life eternal?"
26 He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"
27 He answered, " 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.'
28 Jesus said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."
29 But he, wishing to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 Jesus rejoined, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and went away leaving him half dead.
31 By chance a certain priest was going down that road. When he saw him, he went by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite came to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan as he traveled came near him, and saw him and pitied him,
34 and went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine. Then placing him on his own beast he took him to the inn and cared for him.
35 The next morning he took out two shillings and gave them to the inn-keeper and said, 'Care for him, and what evermore you spend, I will pay in full when I come back.'
36 Which of these three seems to you to have become neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"
37 He said, "He who did kindness to him." Jesus said to him, "Go and act in the same way yourself."
38 As they journeyed, he entered a certain village. There a woman named Martha welcomed him to her house.
39 She had a sister called Mary who seated herself at the feet of the Master and was listening to his words.
40 But Martha was busy and worried over a great deal of service. Coming to him she said, "Master, do you not care that my sister has left me to do the work alone? Tell her to take hold with me."
41 But the Master answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things,
42 but there is need only of a few, or one. Mary has chosen the good part and it shall not be taken from her."