1After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all thetowns and places he himself would be visiting. 2And he said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest tosend labourers to do his harvesting. 3Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" 6And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. 7Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves hiswages; do not move from house to house. 8Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put before you. 9Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you." 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, 11"We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure ofthis: the kingdom of God is very near." 12I tel you, on the great Day it wil be more bearable for Sodom than for that town. 13'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done inTyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14And still, it wil be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the Judgement than for you. 15And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be raised high as heaven? You shal be flung down tohell. 16'Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who rejectme reject the one who sent me.' 17The seventy-two came back rejoicing. 'Lord,' they said, 'even the devils submit to us when we useyour name.' 18He said to them, 'I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Look, I have given you power to tread down serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of theenemy; nothing shal ever hurt you. 20Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice instead that your names are written inheaven.' 21Just at this time, fil ed with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and ofearth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father,for that is what it has pleased you to do. 22Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except theFather, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.' 23Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, 'Blessed are the eyes that see whatyou see, 24for I tel you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hearwhat you hear, and never heard it.' 25And now a lawyer stood up and, to test him, asked, 'Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' 26He said to him, 'What is written in the Law? What is your reading of it?' 27He replied, 'You must love the Lord your God with al your heart, with al your soul, with all yourstrength, and with al your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.' 28Jesus said to him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is yours.' 29But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?' 30In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fel into thehands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. 31Now a priest happened to be travel ing down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed byon the other side. 32In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan travel er who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him. 34He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him ontohis own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him. 35Next day, he took out two denari and handed them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, andon my way back I wil make good any extra expense you have." 36Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fel into the bandits'hands?' 37He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.' Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the sameyourself.' 38In the course of their journey he came to a vil age, and a woman named Martha welcomed him intoher house. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and listened to him speaking. 40Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving, came to him and said, 'Lord, do you not carethat my sister is leaving me to do the serving al by myself? Please tel her to help me.' 41But the Lord answered, 'Martha, Martha,' he said, 'you worry and fret about so many things, 42and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part, and it is not to betaken from her.'
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