Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentLuke 10:1
- Appointed (anedeixen).
- First aorist active indicative of anadeiknumi, an old verb, not only common, but in LXX. In the N.T. only here and Acts 1:24. Cf. anadeixiv in Luke 1:80. To show forth, display, proclaim, appoint.
- Seventy others (eterouv ebdomhkonta kai).
- The "also" (kai) and the "others" point back to the mission of the Twelve in Galilee (9:1-6). Some critics think that Luke has confused this report of a mission in Judea with that in Galilee, but needlessly so. What earthly objection can there be to two similar missions? B D Syr. Cur. and Syr. Sin. have "seventy-two." The seventy elders were counted both ways and the Sanhedrin likewise and the nations of the earth. It is an evenly balanced point.
- Two and two (ana duo).
- For companionship as with the Twelve though Mark 6:7 has it duo (vernacular idiom). B K have here ana duo, a combination of the idiom in Mark 6:7 and that here.
- He himself was about to come (hmellen autov erxestai).
- Imperfect of mellw with present infinitive and note autov. Jesus was to follow after and investigate the work done. This was only a temporary appointment and no names are given, but they could cover a deal of territory.