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Luke 10


 1 After (*) (1) these things, the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them, two and two before him into every city and place, whither he himself should come.


(*) Matthew 10:1 .

(1) The seventy are sent as the second forewarners, of the coming of Christ.    


 2 And he said unto them, (*) (♣) The harvest is great, but the (♠) laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest.


(*) Matthew 9:37 .

(♣) Meaning a great number of people which were ready to be brought unto God.

(♠) That is, the preachers.


 3  (*) (2) Go your ways; behold, I send you forth as lambs among (♣) wolves.


(*) Matthew 10:16 .

(2) The faithful ministers of the word are in this world as lambs among wolves; but if they be diligent to do their duty, he that sent them will also preserve them.

(♣) Not that they shall hurt you, but that you shall be preserved by my providence.


 4 Bear no bag, neither scrip, nor shoes, and (*) (♣) salute (a) no man by the way.


(*) 2 Kings 4:29 .

(♣) He willeth that they should dispatch this journey with diligence not occupying themselves about other duties.

(a) This is spoken after the manner of a figure, which men use, when they put down more in words, than is meant; usual among the Hebrews, when they command a thing to be done speedily without delay, as 2 King 4:29; for otherwise courteous and gentle salutations, are points of Christian duty; as for the calling it was only for a season.


 5  (*) And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, (♣) Peace be to this house.


(*) Matthew 10:12; Mark 6:10 .

(♣) It was their manner of salutation whereby they wished health and felicity.


 6 And if (b) the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; if not, it shall turn to you again.


(b) So speak the Hebrews; that is, he that favoreth the doctrine of peace and the Gospel.


 7 And in that house (c) tarry still, eating and drinking such things as by them shall be set before you; (*) for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Go not from (♣) house to house.


(c) Take up your lodging in that house, which ye first enter into, that is, be not careful for commodious lodging, as men do which purpose to tarry long in a place; for here is not instituted that solemn preaching of the Gospel, which was used afterward, when the Churches were settled; but these are sent abroad to all the coasts of Judea, to give them to understand, that the last Jubilee is at hand.

(*) Deuteronomy 24:14; Matthew 10:10; 1 Timothy 5:13 .

(♣) He would not that they should tarry long in one town, neither yet to be careful to change their lodging.


 8  (*) But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, if they receive you, (d) (♣) eat such things as are set before you,


(*) Matthew 10:11 .

(d) Content yourselves with that meat that is set before you.

(♣) Doubt not to receive nourishment of them, for whom you travail.


 9 And heal the sick that are there, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come near unto you.


 10  (3) But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, if they will not receive you, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,


(3) God is a most severe revenger of the ministry of his Gospel.


 11 Even the very (*) dust, which cleaveth on us of your city, we wipe off against you; notwithstanding know this, that the (♣) kingdom of God was come near unto you.


(*) Luke 9:5; Acts 13:51; Acts 18:6 .

(♣) God did present himself unto you by his messengers and would have reigned over you.


 12 For I say to you, that it shall be easier in that day for them of Sodom, than for that city.


 13  (*) Woe be to thee, Chorazin! Woe be to thee, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting (♣) in sackcloth and ashes.


(*) Matthew 11:21 .

(♣) Which were the signs of repentance.


 14 Therefore it shall be easier for Tyre, (*) and Sidon, at the judgment, than for you.


(*) The more benefits that God bestoweth upon any people, the more doeth their ingratitude deserve to be punished.


 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.


 16  ∂ (*) He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.


(*) Matthew 10:40; John 13:20 .


 17  ∂ (4) And the seventy turned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subdued to us (e) through thy Name.


(4) Neither the gift of miracles, neither what else so ever excellent gift, but only our election giveth us occasion of true joy; and the only publishing of the Gospel is the destruction of Satan.
(e) For Christ's disciples used no absolute authority, but wrought such miracles as they did, by calling upon Christ's Name.


 18 And he said unto them, I saw (*) Satan, like lightning, (f) fall down from heaven.


(*) The power of Satan is beaten down by the preaching of the Gospel.

(f) Paul placeth the devil and his angels, in the air, Ephesians 6:12; and he is said to be cast down from thence by force when his power is abolished by the voice of the Gospel.


 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents, and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall (g) hurt you.


(g) Shall do you wrong.


 20 Nevertheless, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subdued unto you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.


 21  ∂ (5) That same hour rejoiced Jesus in (♣) the spirit, and said, I confess unto thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the (h) (♠) wise and learned, and hast revealed them to babes; even so, Father, because it so pleased thee. (*)


(5) The Church is contemptible, if we behold the outward face of it, but the wisdom of God is not so marvelous, in anything, as in it.

(♣) Or, in his mind.
(h) Of this world.

(♠) He attributeth it to the free election of God, that the wise and worldlings know not the Gospel, and yet the poor base people understand it.

(*) Then he turned to his disciples, and said, (Is read in some copies)


 22  (6) All things are (*) given me of my Father, and (♣) no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father, neither who the Father is, save the (♠) Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.


(6) Whoever seeketh the Father without the Son, wandereth out of the way.

(*) Christ is our only means to receive Godís mercies by.

(♣) Therefore we must esteem him as the fatherís voice hath taught us, and not according to manís judgment.

(♠) In whom we see God as his lively image.


 23  ∂ (7) And he turned to his disciples, and said secretly, (*) Blessed are the eyes, which see that ye see.


(7) The difference of the Old Testament and the New consisteth in the measure of revelation.

(*) Matthew 13:16 .


 24 For I tell you that many Prophets and Kings have desired to see those things, which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.


 25  ∂ (*) (8) Then behold, (i) a certain Lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?


(*) Matthew 22:35; Mark 12:28 .

(8) Faith doth not take away, but establisheth the doctrine of the Law.
(i) One of them that professed himself to be learned in the rites and laws of Moses.


 26 And he said unto him, What is written in the Law? How readest thou?


 27 And he answered, and said, (*) Thou shalt love thy Lord God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy thought, (♣) and thy neighbor as thyself.


(*) Deuteronomy 6:5 .

(♣) Leviticus 19:18 .


 28 Then he said unto him, Thou hast answered right; this do, and thou shalt live.


 29  (9) But he willing (k) to (*) justify himself, said unto Jesus, Who (♣) is then my neighbor?


(9) All they are comprehended in the name of our neighbor, by the Law, whomsoever we may help.
(k) That is, to vouch his righteousness, or shew, that he was just, that is, void of all faults; and James 5 useth the word of justification in this sense.

(*) Or, to approve himself as just.

(♣) For they counted no man their neighbor, but their friend.


 30 And Jesus answered, and said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, and they robbed him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.


 31 And by (*) chance there came down a certain (♣) Priest that same way, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.


(*) For so it seemed to manís judgment, although this was so appointed by Godís counsel and providence.

(♣) He privily noteth the great cruelty which was among this people and chiefly the governors.


 32 And likewise also a Levite, when he was come near to the place, went and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.


 33 Then a certain (*) Samaritan, as he journeyed, came near unto him, and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,


(*) This nation was odious to the Jews.


 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, and poured in oil and wine, and put him on his own beast, and brought him to an Inn, and made provision for him. 


  35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out (*) two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him, and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will recompense thee.


(*) Which was about nine pence of sterling money.


 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?


 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, (*) and do thou likewise.


(*) Help him that hath need of thee although you know him not.


 38  ∂ (10) Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain town, and a certain woman named Martha, received him into her house.


(10) Christ careth not to be entertained delicately, but to be heard diligently, that is it which he especially requireth.


 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesusí feet, and heard his preaching.


 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Master, doest thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore, that she help me.


 41 And Jesus answered, and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou carest, and art (*) troubled about many things;


(*) For she forgot the principal, which was to hear Godís word.


 42 But one thing is needful, Mary hath chosen the good part, (*) which shall not be taken away from her.


(*) It was not meet that she should have been drawn from so profitable a thing, whereunto she could not always have opportunity.



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