After this the Lord appointed 1seventy-two others and 2sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.
3And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 4Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Go your way; 5behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
6Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and 7greet no one on the road.
Whatever house you enter, first say, 8'Peace be to this house!'
And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, 9it will return to you.
And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for 10the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.
Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.
Heal the sick in it and say to them, 11'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
12'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that 13the kingdom of God has come near.'
I tell you, 14it will be more bearable on 15that day for Sodom than for that town.
16"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in 17Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
18But it will be more bearable in the judgment for 19Tyre and Sidon than for you.
And you, Capernaum, 20will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to 21Hades.
22"The one who hears you hears me, and 23the one who rejects you rejects me, and 24the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
25The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, 26even the demons are subject to us in your name!"
And he said to them, 27"I saw Satan 28fall like lightning from heaven.
Behold, I have given you authority 29to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of 30the enemy, and 31nothing shall hurt you.
32Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that 33your names are written in heaven."
34In that same hour 35he rejoiced 36in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, 37Lord of heaven and earth, that 38you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and 39revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for 40such was your gracious will.
41All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is 42except the Father, or who the Father is 43except the Son and anyone 44to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, 45"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!
For I tell you 46that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."