Luke 10

The Mission of the Seventy-Two

10:1 After this1 the Lord appointed seventy-two2 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town3 and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He4 said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest5 to send out6 workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I7 am sending you out like lambs8 surrounded by wolves.9 10:4 Do not carry10 a money bag,11 a traveler’s bag,12 or sandals, and greet no one on the road.13 10:5 Whenever14 you enter a house,15 first say, ‘May peace16 be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person17 is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you.18 10:7 Stay19 in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you,20 for the worker deserves his pay.21 Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever22 you enter a town23 and the people24 welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal25 the sick in that town26 and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God27 has come upon28 you!’ 10:10 But whenever29 you enter a town30 and the people31 do not welcome32 you, go into its streets33 and say, 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town34 that clings to our feet we wipe off35 against you.36 Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’37 10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom38 than for that town!39

10:13 “Woe to you, Chorazin!40 Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if41 the miracles42 done in you had been done in Tyre43 and Sidon,44 they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 10:15 And you, Capernaum,45 will you be exalted to heaven?46 No, you will be thrown down to Hades!47

10:16 “The one who listens48 to you listens to me,49 and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects50 the one who sent me.”51

10:17 Then52 the seventy-two53 returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to54 us in your name!”55 10:18 So56 he said to them, “I saw57 Satan fall58 like lightning59 from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread60 on snakes and scorpions61 and on the full force of the enemy,62 and nothing will63 hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that64 the spirits submit to you, but rejoice65 that your names stand written66 in heaven.”

10:21 On that same occasion67 Jesus68 rejoiced69 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise70 you, Father, Lord71 of heaven and earth, because72 you have hidden these things from the wise73 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.74 10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father.75 No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides76 to reveal him.”

10:23 Then77 Jesus78 turned79 to his80 disciples and said privately, “Blessed81 are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see82 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

10:25 Now83 an expert in religious law84 stood up to test Jesus,85 saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”86 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?”87 10:27 The expert88 answered, “Love89 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,90 and love your neighbor as yourself.”91 10:28 Jesus92 said to him, “You have answered correctly;93 do this, and you will live.”

10:29 But the expert,94 wanting to justify95 himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 10:30 Jesus replied,96 “A man was going down97 from Jerusalem98 to Jericho,99 and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat100 him up, and went off, leaving him half dead.101 10:31 Now by chance102 a priest was going down that road, but103 when he saw the injured man104 he passed by105 on the other side.106 10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to107 the place and saw him,108 passed by on the other side. 10:33 But109 a Samaritan110 who was traveling111 came to where the injured man112 was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him.113 10:34 He114 went up to him115 and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil116 and wine on them. Then117 he put him on118 his own animal,119 brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The120 next day he took out two silver coins121 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’122 10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor123 to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 10:37 The expert in religious law124 said, “The one who showed mercy125 to him.” So126 Jesus said to him, “Go and do127 the same.”

Jesus and Martha

10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus128 entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest.129 10:39 She130 had a sister named Mary, who sat131 at the Lord’s feet132 and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted133 with all the preparations she had to make,134 so135 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care136 that my sister has left me to do all the work137 alone? Tell138 her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord139 answered her,140 “Martha, Martha,141 you are worried and troubled142 about many things, 10:42 but one thing143 is needed. Mary has chosen the best144 part; it will not be taken away from her.”

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