The Parable of the Good Samaritan 
King James Bible 

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said unto him, “What is written in the law? how readest thou?” 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 neighbor as thyself.” And he said unto him, “Thou hast answered right: This do, and thou shalt live.” But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 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 neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He that showed mercy on him.” Then said Jesus unto him, “Go, and do thou likewise.” 

—Luke 10:25–37


Making Meanings 
The Parable of the Good Samaritan 

textbook page 426 

First Thoughts 

1. According to the parable, how are you supposed to answer the question “Who is my neighbor?” In actuality, how would you answer the question? 

Shaping Interpretations 

2. Jesus asks the lawyer at the beginning what the law says about eternal life. What does the law say? 

3. Why does the lawyer press on and ask another question: Who is my neighbor? 

4. According to the parable, what happened to the man who journeyed from Jerusalem to Jericho? 

5. Why is it ironic that the priest and the Levite ignore the wounded man, but the Samaritan helps him? 

Extending the Text 

6. What Good Samaritans do you know of in the world today? 

Challenging the Text 

7. If you were writing an updated version of this parable, which details would you change to make it relevant to life in our society today? 

8. Do you think this parable makes a point that is still important today? Talk about its relevance at the end of the twentieth century. 


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