1After this, the Lord appointed seventy#10:1. Some early texts read “seventy-two.” other disciples, and sent them in pairs to every town and place that he planned to visit.
2“The harvest is large, but the number of workers is small,” he told them. “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest fields. 3So get on your way: I'm sending you like sheep among wolves. 4Don't take any money or a bag or extra sandals, and don't spend time chatting with people you meet. 5Whatever house you enter, first of all say, ‘May this house have peace.’ 6If there's a peaceful person living there, then your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for a worker deserves to be paid. Don't go from house to house. 8If you enter a town and the people there welcome you, then eat what's set before you 9and heal those who are sick. Tell them, ‘God's kingdom has come to you.’ 10But if you enter a town and the people there don't welcome you, go through their streets telling them, 11‘We are wiping off even the dust from your town that clings to our feet to show you our disapproval.#10:11. “Disapproval”—implied. But you should recognize this: God's kingdom has come.’
12I tell you, in the Day of Judgment it will be better for Sodom than for such a town. 13Shame on you Korazin! Shame on you Bethsaida! For if the miracles you saw happen had happened in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented a long time ago, and they would be sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14That's why in the judgment it will be better for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15And you, Capernaum, you won't be exalted to heaven; you will go down to Hades.
16Anyone who hears you hears me, and anyone who rejects you rejects me. But anyone who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17The seventy disciples returned in great excitement, saying, “Lord, even the demons do what we tell them in your name!”
18Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Yes, I have given you power to tread on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome all the enemy's strength, and nothing will harm you. 20But don't take delight that the spirits do what you tell them—just be glad that your names are written in heaven.”
21At that moment Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and said, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you hid these things from the wise and clever people and revealed them to children! Yes, Father, you were pleased to do it in this way.
22My Father has handed over everything to me. No one understands the Son except the Father, and no one understands the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23When they were by themselves Jesus turned to the disciples and told them, “Those who see what you're seeing should be really happy! 24I tell you, many prophets and kings have wanted to see what you're seeing, but they didn't see, and wanted to hear the things you're hearing, but didn't hear.”
25Once an expert in religious law stood up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “What do I have to do to gain eternal life?”
26“What is written in the law? How do you read it?” asked Jesus.
27“You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and your whole spirit, and your whole strength, and your whole mind; and love your neighbor as yourself,” the man replied.
28“You're right,” Jesus told him. “Do this, and you will live.”
29But the man wanted to vindicate himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30Jesus replied, saying, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was attacked by robbers who stripped him and beat him, and left him for dead. 31It so happened that a priest was going the same way. He saw the man, but he passed by on the other side of the road. 32Then a Levite came along. But when he got to the place and saw the man, he also passed by on the other side.
33Finally a Samaritan man came along. As he passed by, he saw the man and felt sorry for him. 34He went over and treated the man's wounds with oil and wine, and bandaged them. Then he placed the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn where he took care of him. 35The next day he gave two denarii to the innkeeper and told him, ‘Take care of him, and if you spend more than this, I'll pay you back when I return.’ 36Which one of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?”
37“The one who showed him kindness,” the man replied.
“Go and do the same,” Jesus told him.
38While they were on their way,#10:38. To Jerusalem. Jesus arrived at a village, and a woman called Martha invited him to her home. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40Martha was concerned about all that needed to be done to prepare the meal, so she came to Jesus and said, “Master, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you're worried and upset about all this. 42But only one thing is really necessary. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it shall not be taken away from her.”