After these things the Lord appointed seventy-two others,
and sent them two by two ahead of him
into every city and place where he intended to go.
And he said to them, "The harvest is large,
but the workers are few;
therefore ask that the Lord of the harvest
put workers into his harvest.
Go; look, I send you as lambs in the middle of wolves.
"Do not carry a purse, nor a bag, nor sandals;
and do not greet anyone along the way.
And in whatever house you enter,
say first, 'Peace to this house.'
And if there is a son of peace there,
your peace shall rest upon it;
and if not, it shall return to you.
And stay in the same house, eating and drinking with them;
for the worker is worthy of one's pay.
Do not move from house to house.
"And in whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what they put before you, and heal the sick in it,
and tell them, 'The sovereignty of God has come near you.'
And in whatever town you enter
and they do not welcome you,
going out into its streets say,
'Even the dust clinging to our feet from your town
we wipe off to you;
yet know this: that the sovereignty of God has come near.'
I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom
on that day than for that town.
"Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you Bethsaida!
for if the powerful deeds happening among you
had happened in Tyre and Sidon,
long ago they would have repented
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Yet it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven?
You will go down to Hades.
"Whoever listens to you listens to me,
and whoever rejects you rejects me;
and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
And the seventy-two returned with joy
saying, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
And he said to them,
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Look, I have given you the authority
to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and on all the power of the enemy,
and nothing will harm you at all.
Yet do not rejoice in this that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names have been recorded in heaven."
In the same hour he was overjoyed by the Holy Spirit
and said, "I acknowledge you,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you hid these things from the wise and intelligent,
and revealed them to infants;
yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you.
Everything was given over to me by my Father,
and no one knows who the son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the son
and to whomever the son chooses to reveal him."
And turning to the disciples privately he said,
"Blessed are the eyes seeing what you see.
For I tell you that many prophets and kings wished
to see what you see and did not see it,
and to hear what you hear and did not hear it."
And look, a certain lawyer stood up testing him
saying, "Teacher, by doing what may I obtain eternal life?"
And he said to him, "What has been written in the law?
How do you read it?"
And answering he said, "Love the Lord your God
from your whole heart and with your whole soul
and with your whole strength and with your whole mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."
And he said to him, "You answer correctly;
do this and you will live."
But wishing to justify himself he said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Taking him up Jesus said,
"A certain person was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and he fell in among robbers,
who both stripping him and beating him
went away leaving him half dead.
And by coincidence a certain priest
was going down on that road,
and seeing him he passed by on the opposite side.
And likewise also a Levite coming upon the place
and seeing passed by on the opposite side.
"And a certain Samaritan traveling
came upon him and seeing was compassionate,
and approaching he bound up his wounds
pouring on oil and wine,
and putting him on his own pack-animal
he brought him to an inn and took care of him.
And on the next day taking out two days' wages
he gave it to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him,
and whatever you spend in addition
I on my return will pay back to you.'
"Which of these three seems to you to have been a neighbor
to the one falling in among the robbers?"
And he said, "The one who demonstrated mercy with him."
And Jesus said to him, "Go, and you do likewise."