The Lord appointed seventy and sent them ahead two and two into every city and place, where he himself would come.
Jesus: The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers into his harvest. (Jesus also made this statement in Matthew 9:37). Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall return to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Don’t go from house to house. And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, The kingdom of God is come near to you. But into whatever city you enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the city, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which clings on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come near to you. It shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented a great while ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, which is exalted to heaven, shall be thrust down to hell. (We see these same words in Matthew 11:20-24, when Jesus spoke of John the Baptist.) He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me.
And the seventy returned again with joy.
Seventy: Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name.
Jesus: I beheld Satan, as lightning, fall from heaven. I give to you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding don’t rejoice that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.
Jesus: I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in your sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. (This prayer is repeated in Matthew 11:25-27, after Jesus spoke of John the Baptist.)
Jesus (privately to disciples): Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and they have desired to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.