Once a lawyer stood up to test Jesus with this question, |Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?| Jesus said to him, |What is written in the law? How does it read?| He answered, |You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; also your neighbor as yourself.| Jesus said to him, |You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.|
But wishing to justify himself he said to Jesus, |Who is my neighbor?| Jesus answered, |A certain man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho fell in with robbers who after stripping and beating him went away, leaving him half dead. Now it happened that a certain priest was going by the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
|In the same way a Levite, when he came to the place, looked at the man and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, travelling along, came near to where the man was, and when he saw him he was filled with pity. He came to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two pieces of money and gave them to the inn-keeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend I will pay you when I return.'
|Which of these three do you think proved neighbor to the man who fell in with robbers?| He said, |The man who took pity on him.| Jesus said to him, |Then go and do likewise.|