After this, the Lord appointed 70a others, and He sent them ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself was about to go.
He told them: "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
Now go; I'm sending you out like lambs among wolves.
Don't carry a money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals; don't greet anyone along the road.
Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.'
If a son of peace b is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for the worker is worthy of his wages. Don't be moving from house to house.
When you enter any town, and they welcome you, eat the things set before you.
Heal the sick who are there, and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near you.'
When you enter any town, and they don't welcome you, go out into its streets and say,
'We are wiping off [as a witness] against you even the dust of your town that clings to our feet. Know this for certain: the kingdom of God has come near.'
I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.