Luke 10:25
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New International Version
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

New Living Translation
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: "Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?"

English Standard Version
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Berean Study Bible
One day an expert in the law stood up to test Him. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Berean Literal Bible
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, testing Him, saying, "Teacher, what having done, will I inherit eternal life?"

New American Standard Bible
And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

King James Bible
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

International Standard Version
Just then an expert in the Law stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

NET Bible
Now an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

New Heart English Bible
And look, a certain Law scholar stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And behold, a scribe arose to test him, and he said, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then an expert in Moses' Teachings stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

New American Standard 1977
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tested him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

American King James Version
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

American Standard Version
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and made trial of him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, and saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up tempting him, and saying, Teacher, having done what, shall I inherit life eternal?

English Revised Version
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Weymouth New Testament
Then an expounder of the Law stood up to test Him with a question. "Rabbi," he asked, "what shall I do to inherit the Life of the Ages?"

World English Bible
Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, a certain lawyer stood up, trying him, and saying, 'Teacher, what having done, life age-during shall I inherit?'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
24For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 25One day an expert in the law stood up to test Him. “Teacher, he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?”…
Cross References
Matthew 19:16
Just then, a man came up to Jesus and inquired, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain eternal life?"

Matthew 22:34
And when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they themselves gathered together.

Matthew 22:35
One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question:

Mark 10:17
As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. "Good Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Mark 12:28
Now one of the scribes had come up and heard their debate. Noticing how well Jesus had answered them, he asked Him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"

Luke 10:24
For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

Luke 10:26
"What is written in the Law?" Jesus replied. "How do you read it?"

Luke 18:18
Then a certain ruler asked Him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

John 8:6
They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.
Treasury of Scripture

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a certain.

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against …

Luke 11:45,46 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said to him, Master, thus saying …

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting …

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Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing …

Acts 16:30,31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved…

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Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but …

(25) And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up.--On the word "lawyer" and its difference from the more generic "scribe," see Note on Matthew 22:35. Here, as there, the "tempting" does not necessarily imply hostile purpose. It was simply a test-question to see if the new Teacher was sound in His view of the ethical obligations of the Law.

The question, though the same as that of the young man in Matthew 19:16, is not asked in the same tone. There it was asked by one anxiously seeking to inherit eternal life. Here there is a certain tone of self-conscious superiority, which required a different treatment. As the method of Socrates was to make men conscious of their ignorance of the true meaning of words which they repeated glibly, so here our Lord parries the question by another, makes him repeat his own formulated answer--an answer true and divine itself, identical with that which our Lord gave Himself (Matthew 22:37)--and then teaches him how little he had realised its depth and fulness. The commandment was "exceeding broad" above all that the teacher of Israel had imagined.

Verses 25-37. - The question of the lawyer. The Lord answers with the parable of the good Samaritan. Verse 25. - And, behold, a certain lawyer. It seems (as has already been noticed) probable that in St. Luke's general account of our Lord's teaching during the six months which immediately preceded the last Passover, certain events which took place at a short visit which Jesus paid to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Dedication are noticed. This question of the lawyer was probably asked on the occasion of this visit, and the little episode connected with the Bethany family of Lazarus took place at the same period. The "lawyer" is sometimes termed "scribe." There is little difference between these appellations. They were professional teachers and expounders of the Mosaic Law and of the vast complement of traditional sayings which had gathered round it. As the whole life of the people at this period was ruled and guided by the Law, written and traditional, this profession of scribe and lawyer was an important and influential one. Stood up. The Master was evidently teaching in a house or a courtyard of a house. Many were sitting round him. To attract his attention, this lawyer stood up before putting his question to Jesus. This scene, as we have said, took place most likely in or near Jerusalem, not improbably, as the Bethany episode follows, in that suburb of the city, and perhaps in the house of Lazarus. And tempted him; that is to say, tested him and his skill in answering questions out of that Law which then was the rule and guide of daily life in Israel. It is not unlikely that the lawyer hoped to convict the broad and generous Rabbi of some unorthodox statement which would injure his reputation as a Teacher. It was a hard and comprehensive question, this query how eternal life was to be won, and possibly one carefully prepared by the enemies of Jesus, And behold a certain lawyer stood up,.... From his seat, having been hearing Christ preach, very likely, in some synagogue; when and where this was, is not certain. The Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions call this man a Scribe; and a lawyer and a Scribe were the same, as appears from Matthew 22:35 compared with Mark 12:28

and tempted him; or tried him whether he understood the law, or whether he would say any thing contrary to it, and see if he could gain any advantage against him, and expose him, and get credit and applause to himself:

saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? the same question as was put by the young ruler in Mark 10:17 for they were both of the same complexion, and upon the same foundation, seeking eternal life by their own works: See Gill on Matthew 19:16.

he said unto him; that is, Jesus, as all the Oriental versions express it. Lu 10:25-37. Question of a Lawyer and Parable of the Good Samaritan.

25. tempted him—"tested him"; in no hostile spirit, yet with no tender anxiety for light on that question of questions, but just to see what insight this great Galilean teacher had.10:25-37 If we speak of eternal life, and the way to it, in a careless manner, we take the name of God in vain. No one will ever love God and his neighbour with any measure of pure, spiritual love, who is not made a partaker of converting grace. But the proud heart of man strives hard against these convictions. Christ gave an instance of a poor Jew in distress, relieved by a good Samaritan. This poor man fell among thieves, who left him about to die of his wounds. He was slighted by those who should have been his friends, and was cared for by a stranger, a Samaritan, of the nation which the Jews most despised and detested, and would have no dealings with. It is lamentable to observe how selfishness governs all ranks; how many excuses men will make to avoid trouble or expense in relieving others. But the true Christian has the law of love written in his heart. The Spirit of Christ dwells in him; Christ's image is renewed in his soul. The parable is a beautiful explanation of the law of loving our neighbour as ourselves, without regard to nation, party, or any other distinction. It also sets forth the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward sinful, miserable men. We were like this poor, distressed traveller. Satan, our enemy, has robbed us, and wounded us: such is the mischief sin has done us. The blessed Jesus had compassion on us. The believer considers that Jesus loved him, and gave his life for him, when an enemy and a rebel; and having shown him mercy, he bids him go and do likewise. It is the duty of us all , in our places, and according to our ability, to succour, help, and relieve all that are in distress and necessity.
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