77 A good Samaritan helping a Jew shows how to love others.

Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:25–37

What makes questioning Jesus about eternal life a “test” (Luke 10:25)?

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Why did Jesus ask the inquirer what he thought the answer was (Luke 10:26)?

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What actions should we see in those who “love God with all their hearts” (Luke 10:27)?

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How does loving God and people lead to eternal life (Luke 10:28)?

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Why did the man feel a need to justify himself (Luke 10:29)?

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How did Jesus description of a “neighbor” differ from common Jewish perceptions (Luke 10:30–37)?

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How far should we go in helping those who do not agree with us (Luke 10:37)?

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One day, a teacher of the Law stood up from the crowd to test Jesus. “Teacher, what should I do to receive eternal life?”

Eyewitness

Luke 10:25 One day, a teacher of the Law stood up from the crowd to test Jesus. “Teacher, what should I do to receive eternal life?”
King James

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

“What is written in the Law?” Jesus said. “How do you read it?”

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Luke 10:26 “What is written in the Law?” Jesus said. “How do you read it?”
King James

Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

“You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. And you must love your neighbor as yourself.”

Eyewitness

Leviticus 19:18 Never seek revenge or carry a grudge against one of your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:5 You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength.
Luke 10:27 “You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. And you must love your neighbor as yourself.”
King James

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Luke 10:27 And 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.

“That’s right. If you do that, you will have eternal life.”

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Luke 10:28 That’s right. If you do that, you will have eternal life.”
King James

Luke 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Wanting to justify himself, the man said to Jesus, “And how do I know who my neighbors are?”

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Luke 10:29 Wanting to justify himself, the man said to Jesus, “And how do I know who my neighbors are?”
King James

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

“A man once went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers who took his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead beside the road. A priest happened to be going that way. When he saw the bleeding man, he walked by on the other side. After that, a Levite came, saw the man’s injuries, and also walked by on the other side. A Samaritan traveler saw the man suffering and was moved with compassion. He went to him, used wine and oil to cleanse and soothe his wounds, and stopped the bleeding with bandages. He lifted him onto his own donkey and took him to the inn, where he cared for him. The next morning, he left two days’ wages with the innkeeper, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If you spend more, I will reimburse your expenses when I return.’ Which of the three travelers do you think was a neighbor to the man who was robbed and beaten?”

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Luke 10:30–36 “A man once went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by robbers who took his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead beside the road. A priest happened to be going that way. When he saw the bleeding man, he walked by on the other side. After that, a Levite came, saw the man’s injuries, and also walked by on the other side. A Samaritan traveler saw the man suffering and was moved with compassion. He went to him, used wine and oil to cleanse and soothe his wounds, and stopped the bleeding with bandages. He lifted him onto his own donkey and took him to the inn, where he cared for him. The next morning, he left two days’ wages with the innkeeper, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If you spend more, I will reimburse your expenses when I return.’ Which of the three travelers do you think was a neighbor to the man who was robbed and beaten?”
King James

Luke 10:30–36 And 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. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And 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. And 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. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

The teacher of the Law said, “The one who helped the man.”

Eyewitness

Luke 10:37 The teacher of the Law said, “The one who helped the man.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same thing.”
King James

Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same thing.”

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Luke 10:37 The teacher of the Law said, “The one who helped the man.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same thing.”
King James

Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.