One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this
question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord
your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your
mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of
his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he
crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.
32 A Temple assistant[b]
walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt
compassion for him. 34
Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine
and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an
inn, where he took care of him.
35 The next day he handed the
innkeeper two silver coins,[c]
telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll
pay you the next time I’m here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was
attacked by bandits?”
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”