Luke 10:1

Appointed (anedeixen). First aorist active indicative of anadeiknumi, an old verb, not only common, but in LXX. In the N.T. only here and Acts 1:24 . Cf. anadeixi in Luke 1:80 . To show forth, display, proclaim, appoint. Seventy others (eterou ebdomhkonta kai). The "also" (kai) and the "others" point back to the mission of the Twelve in Galilee ( Luke 9:1-6 ). Some critics think that Luke has confused this report of a mission in Judea with that in Galilee, but needlessly so. What earthly objection can there be to two similar missions? B D Syr. Cur. and Syr. Sin. have "seventy-two." The seventy elders were counted both ways and the Sanhedrin likewise and the nations of the earth. It is an evenly balanced point. Two and two (ana duo). For companionship as with the Twelve though Mark 6:7 has it duo (vernacular idiom). B K have here ana duo, a combination of the idiom in Mark 6:7 and that here. He himself was about to come (hmellen auto ercesqai). Imperfect of mellw with present infinitive and note auto. Jesus was to follow after and investigate the work done. This was only a temporary appointment and no names are given, but they could cover a deal of territory.