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Is it 70 or 72 Disciples in Luke 10:1

By: Rev. Sam Harris
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Some translations of Luke 10:1 say “70 disciples,” while others say “72 disciples.” Which is correct? Rev. Harris attempts to answer this seeming contradiction.

In Luke 10:1 some versions say “72 disciples,” while others say “70 disciples.” Which is right?

Question:

“The preacher was speaking on Luke 10:1, and read from the New Interna­tional Version (NIV) that Jesus sent forth 72 disciples, and I was in the pew with my King James Version (KJV) and it read that Jesus sent forth 70 disciples. How do you reconcile the two?”

Answer:

The questioner stated that he had asked many preachers this question but had not received any direct answers. I’m not sure that I can do much better, but let me share my research to this point.

The King James, New King James, and the New American Standard Bible read that Jesus “sent forth 70 disciples,” while the New International Version, The Jerusalem Bible, and the New Living Translation reflect that Jesus “sent forth 72 disciples.” Why the differ­ence here?

Looking at Nestle’s Novum Testamentum Graece, we find that the Greek word “hebdomekonta” (coded 1440 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible) is trans­lated “seventy.” However, immediately following this word is the Greek word “duo” in brackets (duo) translated “two.” Footnotes of several translations indicate that the Greek manuscripts are divided between 70 and 72 as the number sent out and there is no way to be sure of which one is the original. Both represent the number of nations in the world in Genesis 10, with the Hebrew text having 70 names while the Greek text has 72.

As one person stated when I discussed this question with him, it really doesn’t matter the difference between 70 or 72, it’s exciting that Jesus had this many ready to send out to share the good news of the gospel! I would say, AMEN to that!

Rev. Sam Harris

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The Truth
The Truth

Jesus is served by 12 Superior Angels and 72 angels of less rank
70 is the false # in ALL books

72 is the only truth in all holy books and ancient texts
72 dead (will of Abraham)
72 Sickness (life of adam and eve)
70 went out and +2 stayed in the camp (Moses)
Lucas 10 Sent out 72 Apostles

Nida
Nida

And, 6 times 12 is 72…so perhaps after sending out the first 12 he sent out 6 more groups of 12…

Nida
Nida

One thing is for certain, He didn’t just empower the 12, he empowered many other believers as well.

MATIAS
MATIAS

THE ANSWER OF THIS MYSTERIOUS IS IN BOOK OF THE NUMBERS 11:24-30, SO YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THE BOTH NUMBERS ARE RIGHT. HOW SWEET IS TO BE CHRISTIAN .

Jonathan
Jonathan

Thank you brother. This is the real answer. I don’t need to look any further now. Love when this happens.

MATIAS
MATIAS

THE HOLY BIBLE IS THE TRUTH WORD OF GOD. WHOLE PARTS OF THE BIBLE IS TRUTH. BOTH OF THE NUMBERS ARE TRUTH AND EACH ONE THERE IS ONE JUSTIFICATION. JUST LOOK FOR THE JUSTIFICATION .

Bruce R Porter Sr
Bruce R Porter Sr

For what it is worth, the Peshitta, the direct translation from Aramaic states 70.

Martin
Martin

The difference could be related to the 70 elders chosen by Moses at Yahweh’s command (Numbers11:16) on whom the spirit of Yahweh was conferred and they left the camp to go to the Tent of Meeting – two remained in the camp (Eldad and Medad) but the spirit was also given to them and they prophesied.

Mike
Mike

Scripture is beautiful…every word flrom the mouth of God is alive and has meaning but His message does not require a degree in theology. Genesis has wonderful messages yet I heard 2 Good Christian men debating Creation … was it 7 days, 7000 years … how long would it take, could it take … ??? I finally stopped them and told them to stop trying to contain or fit God into their understanding of the world. The message was clear for both … in the beginning GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. … ’nuff said?

Mike
Mike

The quantity of disciples matters in this instance because 72 had meaning in the Jewish tradition. Numbers had meaning…3, 12, 7, 6 all meant something and are seen throughout the Bible. 72 is the number of nations on Earth for the Jews. Therefore, when Jesus sent out 72 disciples, in essence, He was sending out His people to all the nations of the Earth to let them know that the Kingdom had arrived (in Jesus himself) and to do His works … healing and cleansing. It is important to note then that He is the God of all people and… Read more »

Nakena
Nakena

Its 70 + 2 the other two have double or extra functions in that they are part of the 12 disciples as well as carrying out the duties of the 70. You see the Lord at the triumphant entry and at the Passover sending two disciples as he would have one of the 70. So its 70 plus John and Peter 72.

Andrew
Andrew

It matters when God’s word is changed. Original scripts read 70 and not 72. N I V is full of distortions and changes to God’s word that needs to be exposed.

Mike
Mike

If you don’t know the significance of the change you would not know which is right and which is wrong and it wouldn’t matter. There are so many translations and translations of translations and explanations of translations that you need to look to what the Holy Spirit is teaching you in what you have and pray for the gift of discernment. King James is not a good translation either … a work of prose done in Shakespearean English.

Bob
Bob

And he turned him to his disciples, and said privately

My question was it all 70 or just the orginal 12 that he spoke privately

Dennis
Dennis

I would be inclined to believe that the number would be 70, because of the 70 that went down to Egypt, because of the 70 Sevens in the Book of Revelation and Daniel’s prophecy, etc.

Mike
Mike

70 7’s is not the 72. 72 is the number of nations in the world. That in itself has significance in the way it can be reduced. However, seven is the number of completeness, perfection. How many times are we called to forgive? Be careful not to read into the scriptures and add to them. It is OK not to know everything. Focus on what God is speaking to YOU at that moment. How is the word alive in YOUR reality today. His Word is alive and always doing.

KathyH
KathyH

Martins explanation most sense to me. The Hebrew text reads 70 corresponding to the number of nations listed in Genesis 10 of the Hebrew text, while 72 is written in the Greek Text, correlating to the number of nations in Genesis 10 of the Greek Text.

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