The mission of the seventy; Christ’s joy in their work on their return

Luk 10:1-24

1 Now after these things, the Lord made selection of seventy others and sent them before him, two together, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
2 And he said to them, There is much grain ready to be cut, but not enough workers: so make prayer to the Lord of the grain-fields that he will send workers to get in the grain.
3 Go on your way: see, I send you out like lambs among wolves.
4 Take no bag for money or for food, and no shoes; say no word to any man on the way.
5 And whenever you go into a house, first say, Peace be to this house.
6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will be with him: but if not, it will come back to you again.
7 And keep in that same house, taking what food and drink they give you: for the worker has a right to his reward. Do not go from house to house.
8 And into whatever town you go, if they take you in, take whatever food is given to you:
9 And make well those in it who are ill and say to them, The kingdom of God is near to you.
10 But if you go into a town where they will not have you, go out into the streets of it and say,
11 Even the dust of your town, which is on our feet, we put off as a witness against you; but be certain of this, that the kingdom of God is near.
12 I say to you, It will be better in that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 A curse is on you, Chorazin! A curse is on you, Beth-saida! For if such works of power had been done in Tyre and Sidon as have been done in you, they would have been turned from their sins, in days gone by, seated in the dust.
14 But it will be better for Tyre and Sidon, in the day of judging, than for you.
15 And you, Capernaum, were you not lifted up to heaven? you will go down to hell.
16 Whoever gives ear to you, gives ear to me; and whoever is against you, is against me; and whoever is against me, is against him who sent me.
17 And the seventy came back with joy, saying, Lord, even the evil spirits are under our power in your name.
18 And he said, I was watching for Satan, falling from heaven like a star.
19 See, I have given you power to put your feet on snakes and evil beasts, and over all the strength of him who is against you: and nothing will do you damage.
20 Do not be glad, however, because you have power over spirits, but because your names are recorded in heaven.
21 In that same hour he was full of joy in the Holy Spirit and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children: for so, O Father, it was pleasing in your eyes.
22 All things have been given to me by my Father: and no one has knowledge of the Son, but only the Father: and of the Father, but only the Son, and he to whom the Son will make it clear.
23 And, turning to the disciples, he said privately, Happy are the eyes which see the things you see:
24 For I say to you that numbers of prophets and kings have had a desire to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to have knowledge of the things which have come to your ears, and they had it not.

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