As Jesus was talking to His disciples, a certain lawyer stood up and asked, |Who is my neighbour?| And Jesus answered by telling them this story: --
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who robbed him, stripped him of his clothes, and, wounding him, left him on the road half dead. By chance there came a priest that way, and, as a teacher of religion to men, he should have stopped to help the poor man. Instead of this, he pretended not to see, and passed by on the other side of the road. Then there came by a Levite, who also, as an official of the church, should have given help. But he merely came and looked on the injured man, and passed on the other side as the priest had done.
Afterwards there came by a Samaritan, and, when he caught sight of the wounded Jew, he went over to him and was very sorry for him. Now the Jews hated the Samaritans, and were their enemies, so that it would not have been surprising if he, also, had done as the priest and the Levite did. But, no! Though it was his enemy, he could not pass him by and leave him on the road, perhaps to die. He examined his wounds and bound them up; doing all that he could to soothe them. Then he lifted him carefully on his own beast, and brought him to the nearest inn, and took care of him through the night. The next day, when the Samaritan departed, he paid the man who kept the inn, and said to him, |Take care of this poor man until he is well, and whatever it may cost for his lodging and food, that I will pay thee when I come again.|
|Which of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among thieves?| The lawyer answered, |He that showed mercy unto him.| Then said Jesus, |Go, and do thou likewise.|
[Illustration: THE GOOD SAMARITAN.]