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1 Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
2 He gave them this charge: "What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
3 "On your way! But be careful - this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
4 "Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. "Don't loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 "When you enter a home, greet the family, 'Peace.' 5 "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.'
6 If your greeting is received, then it's a good place to stay. But if it's not received, take it back and get out. Don't impose yourself. 6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
7 "Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don't move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 "When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, 8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.
9 heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, 'God's kingdom is right on your doorstep!' 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'
10 "When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say,
11 'The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we're giving it back. Did you have any idea that God's kingdom was right on your doorstep?' 11 'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'
12 Sodom will have it better on Judgment Day than the town that rejects you. 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 "Doom, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had been given half the chances given you, they'd have been on their knees long ago, repenting and crying for mercy. 13 "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14 Tyre and Sidon will have it easy on Judgment Day compared to you. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.
15 "And you, Capernaum! Do you think you're about to be promoted to heaven? Think again. You're on a mud slide to hell. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.
16 "The one who listens to you, listens to me. The one who rejects you, rejects me. And rejecting me is the same as rejecting God, who sent me." 16 "He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
17 The seventy came back triumphant. "Master, even the demons danced to your tune!" 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
18 Jesus said, "I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. 18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 See what I've given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
20 All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God's authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you - that's the agenda for rejoicing." 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
21 At that, Jesus rejoiced, exuberant in the Holy Spirit. "I thank you, Father, Master of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the know-it-alls and showed them to these innocent newcomers. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. 21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
22 "I've been given it all by my Father! Only the Father knows who the Son is and only the Son knows who the Father is. The Son can introduce the Father to anyone he wants to." 22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
23 He then turned in a private aside to his disciples. "Fortunate the eyes that see what you're seeing! 23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
24 There are plenty of prophets and kings who would have given their right arm to see what you are seeing but never got so much as a glimpse, to hear what you are hearing but never got so much as a whisper." Defining "Neighbor" 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."
25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. "Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?" 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 He answered, "What's written in God's Law? How do you interpret it?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
27 He said, "That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence - and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself." 27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
28 "Good answer!" said Jesus. "Do it and you'll live." 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, "And just how would you define 'neighbor'?" 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 Jesus answered by telling a story. "There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. 30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
31 Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 "A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
35 In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill - I'll pay you on my way back.' 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
36 "What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" 36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
37 "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same." 37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
38 As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
39 She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
40 But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. "Master, don't you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand." 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself ? Tell her to help me!"
41 The Master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
42 One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it - it's the main course, and won't be taken from her." 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."