Chorazin and Bethsaida

"Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town. Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you." (Luke 10:8-14 RSV)


Chorazin was a city in Galilee which was located about 2 miles / 3 kilometers north of Capernaum, the city on the Sea Of Galilee where Jesus Christ went to live after He left Nazareth. Although apparently a prominent city during Jesus' human lifetime, it became uninhabited by the third century AD. It is today identified as Khirbet Kerazeh, which is a ruin.


Bethsaida was a fishing village (Bethsaida means house of fishing) on the shore of the Sea of Galilee about 2 miles / 3 kilometers east of Capernaum. It was the home town of Peter, Andrew and Philip:

Two of the Messiah's most well-known miracles were done near Bethsaida:

"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!"

As quoted in the opening paragraph, Jesus Christ was well-familiar with the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida, and they of Him. They heard the Truth, and rejected it. They made a very tragic mistake for themselves:

Fact Finder: (a) Was the reason that Jesus Christ went to live in Capernaum because the people of His home town, Nazareth, not only rejected Him, but actually tried to kill Him by throwing Him over a cliff? (b) Did the people of Capernaum also reject Him?
(a) Luke 4:16-30
(b) Matthew 11:23-24

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