The good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) | back
25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? An expert on Moses Law (scripture lawyer), came to Christ one day to tried to trip Him up with a question. What does a man need to do to live in heaven forever?
26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? What does Moses law say about it Christ replied.
27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. The expert answered him saying, it says that you must love the Lord with all your heart and soul, with all your strength and your mind. And you must love your neighbor as much as yourself.
28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Jesus answered him, That's right; do this and you shall live.
29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? The man wanted to justify himself because of his lack of love for some people. So he asked, which neighbors?
30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. A Jewish man going on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money and beat him up leaving him half dead beside the road.
31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. A Jewish priest came by and saw him lying there and he crossed to the other side of the road ignoring the wounded man.
32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. A Levite (a Jewish temple assistant), came up to him and looked at him, and also passed him by without helping him.
33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. But a despised Samaritan came along and went up to the man and felt pity. (At this time, all Samaritans were despised by Jews, and the feeling was mutual due to historic reasons).
34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The Samaritan took care of the mans wounds, put him on his donkey and brought him to an inn to take care of him.
35And 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 repay thee. The next day the Samaritan gave the inn keeper two pence (about $40, equivalent to a modern days wage). He also told the inn keeper to take care of the man and if the bill becomes higher, he would pay him the next time he would stop by.
36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? Christ asked the man; which of these three would you say was the good neighbor to the bandits victim?
37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. The man answered Jesus, the one who showed him some pity. Then Jesus answered the man and said, "Yes, now go and do the same." God loves when one shows compassion towards others and He will bless you for it.