1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy other talmidim and sent them on ahead in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go.
2 He said to them, "To be sure, there is a large harvest. But there are few workers. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the Harvest that he speed workers out to gather in his harvest.
3 Get going now, but pay attention! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
4 Don't carry a money-belt or a pack, and don't stop to shmoose with people on the road.
5 "Whenever you enter a house, first say, `Shalom!' to the household.
6 If a seeker of shalom is there, your `Shalom!' will find its rest with him; and if there isn't, it will return to you.
7 Stay in that same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for a worker deserves his wages -- don't move about from house to house.
8 "Whenever you come into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put in front of you.
9 Heal the sick there, and tell them, `The Kingdom of God is near you.'
10 But whenever you enter a town and they don't make you welcome, go out into its streets and say,
11 `Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off as a sign against you! But understand this: the Kingdom of God is near!'
12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the Day of Judgment for S'dom than for that town.
13 "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Beit-Tzaidah! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tzor and Tzidon, they would long ago have put on sackcloth and ashes as evidence that they had changed their ways.
14 But at the Judgment it will be more bearable for Tzor and Tzidon than for you!
15 "And you, K'far-Nachum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Sh'ol!
16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, also whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the One who sent me."
17 The seventy came back jubilant. "Lord," they said, "with your power, even the demons submit to us!"
18 Yeshua said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 Remember, I have given you authority; so you can trample down snakes and scorpions, indeed, all the Enemy's forces; and you will remain com pletely unharmed.
20 Nevertheless, don't be glad that the spirits submit to you; be glad that your names have been recorded in heaven."
21 At that moment he was filled with joy by the Ruach HaKodesh and said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I thank you because you concealed these things from the sophisticated and educated, yet revealed them to ordinary people. Yes, Father, I thank you that it pleased you to do this.
22 "My Father has handed over everything to me. Indeed, no one fully knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
23 Then, turning to the talmidim, he said, privately, "How blessed are the eyes that see what you are seeing!
24 Indeed, I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things you are seeing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them."