"The Laborer Is Worthy Of His Hire"

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Context: The authorship of the gospel of Luke is uncertain: some scholars believe that Luke, the physician and friend of Paul, is the writer of this gospel and part of Acts; others contend that an unknown author is responsible for both books. Jesus, after preaching a good while in Galilee and about Capernaum, finally begins to travel southward toward Jerusalem. He commissions seventy of His disciples to precede Him in pairs to preach in all the towns along the way so that the people will be prepared to receive the Lord at His coming. Traveling without purse, bags, or shoes, the disciples are to seek food and lodging in one house. Jesus gives them final instructions before they depart:

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And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

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