Love Your Neighbor

29 But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied, “An Israeli man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he drove by on the other side. 32 So likewise an aid worker, when he came to the place and saw him, drove by on the other side. 33 But a Palestinian, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, cleaning them carefully. Then he carried the injured man to his own car and drove him to a health clinic and stayed by his side for the whole night. 35 And the next day he took out two hundred dollars and gave them to the nurse, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

 

[Adapted from Luke 10:29-37, English Standard Version.]

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