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The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:34-35

33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

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Luke 10:30-37
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 
35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

About this painting

So who is my neighbour? Jesus answered the question of an expert of the law with a parable: A compassionate Samaritan is moved by the condition of a victim of robbery, lying wounded on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho. A priest and one of the Levites (both Jewish) passing by the poor man do not show any empathy for him. The deed of compassion of the Samaritan (in the eyes of the Jews only a stranger, who is ignorant of the Jewish law) turns out to be an outstanding and exemplary deed of love for a fellow man.

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