Luke 10:37
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New International Version
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

New Living Translation
The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy." Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same."

English Standard Version
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Berean Study Bible
"The one who showed him mercy," replied the expert in the law. Then Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Berean Literal Bible
And he said, "The one having shown compassion toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "You go and do likewise."

New American Standard Bible
And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

King James Bible
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who showed mercy to him," he said. Then Jesus told him, "Go and do the same."

International Standard Version
He said, "The one who showed mercy to him." Jesus told him, "Go and do what he did."

NET Bible
The expert in religious law said, "The one who showed mercy to him." So Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he said, “He who took pity on him.” Yeshua said to him, “You go and do likewise.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The expert said, "The one who was kind enough to help him." Jesus told him, "Go and imitate his example!"

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go and do thou likewise.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do you likewise.

American King James Version
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, Go, and do you likewise.

American Standard Version
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, He that shewed him mercy. And Jesus said to him, Go, and do thou likewise.

English Revised Version
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Weymouth New Testament
"The one who showed him pity," he replied. "Go," said Jesus, "and act in the same way."

World English Bible
He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Young's Literal Translation
and he said, 'He who did the kindness with him,' then Jesus said to him, 'Be going on, and thou be doing in like manner.'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
36Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37“The one who showed him” mercy, replied the expert in the law. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” 38As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.…
Cross References
Luke 10:36
Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

Luke 10:38
As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, Go, and do you likewise.

He that.

Proverbs 14:21 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the …

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Hebrews 2:9-15 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Go.

Luke 6:32-36 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners …

John 13:15-17 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you…

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for …

1 John 3:16-18,23,24 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

1 John 4:10,11 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and …

(37) Go, and do thou likewise.--This was the practical, though not the formal, answer to the question of the lawyer. If he acted in the spirit of the Samaritan, he would need no "nicely-calculated less or more" of casuistic distinctions as to who was and who was not his neighbour. Fellowship in the same human nature, and any kind of even passing contact, were enough to constitute a ground for neighbourly kindness. Of such a question it may be said, Solvitur amando. We love, and the problem presents no difficulty.

Nothing should lead us away from recognising this as the main lesson of the parable. But there is another application of it which, within limits, is legitimate enough as a development of thought, and which has commended itself to so many devout minds, both in ancient and modern times, that it at least deserves a notice. Christ Himself, it is said, is the great pattern of a wide, universal love for man as man, acting out the lesson which the parable teaches in its highest form. May we not think of Him as shadowed forth in the good Samaritan, as accepting, in that sense, the name which had been flung at Him in scorn? Starting from this thought, the circumstances fit in with a strange aptness. The traveller stands as representing mankind at large. The journey is from Jerusalem, the heavenly city, the paradise of man's first estate, to Jericho, the evil and accursed city (Joshua 6:17), the sin into which man entered by yielding to temptation. The robbers are the powers of evil, who strip him of his robe of innocence and purity, who smite him sore, and leave him, as regards his higher life, half-dead. The priest and the Levite represent the Law in its sacrificial and ceremonial aspects, and they have no power to relieve or rescue. The Christ comes and helps where they have failed. The beast on which He rides is the human nature in which the Word dwelt, and it is upon that humanity of His that He bids us rest for comfort and support. The inn represents the visible Church of Christ, and the host its pastors and teachers; even the two pence, perhaps, the ordinances and means of grace committed to the Church. There is an obvious risk, in all such application, of an element that is fantastic and unreal; but the main line of parallelism seems to commend itself, if not to the reason, at least to the imagination of the devout interpreter.

And he said, he that showed mercy to him,.... Meaning the Samaritan; which he was obliged to declare, though of another country and religion, and accounted as an enemy; yet the case was so plain, as put by Christ, that he could not with any honour or conscience, say otherwise:

then said Jesus unto him, go and do thou likewise; such like acts of beneficence and kindness, though to a person of a different nation and religion, and though even an enemy; and by so doing, thou wilt not only appear to be a good neighbour thyself, but to love thy neighbour as thyself. 37. Go, etc.—O exquisite, matchless teaching! What new fountains of charity has not this opened up in the human spirit—rivers in the wilderness, streams in the desert! What noble Christian institutions have not such words founded, all undreamed of till that wondrous One came to bless this heartless world of ours with His incomparable love—first in words, and then in deeds which have translated His words into flesh and blood, and poured the life of them through that humanity which He made His own! Was this parable, now, designed to magnify the law of love, and to show who fulfils it and who not? And who did this as never man did it, as our Brother Man, "our Neighbor?" The priests and Levites had not strengthened the diseased, nor bound up the broken (Eze 34:4), while He bound up the brokenhearted (Isa 61:1), and poured into all wounded spirits the balm of sweetest consolation. All the Fathers saw through the thin veil of this noblest of stories, the Story of love, and never wearied of tracing the analogy (though sometimes fancifully enough) [Trench]. Exclaims Gregory Nazianzen (in the fourth century), "He hungered, but He fed thousands; He was weary, but He is the Rest of the weary; He is saluted 'Samaritan' and 'Demoniac,' but He saves him that went down from Jerusalem and fell among thieves," etc.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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