Parable of the Good Samaritan

Matthew 10:25-37

Et ecce quidam legisperitus surrexit tentans illum, et dicens: Magister, quid faciendo vitam æternam possidebo? At ille dixit ad eum: In lege quid scriptum est? quomodo legis? Ille respondens dixit: Diliges Dominum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo, et ex tota anima tua, et ex omnibus virtutibus tuis, et ex omni mente tua: et proximum tuum sicut teipsum. Dixitque illi: Recte respondisti: hoc fac, et vives. Ille autem volens justificare seipsum, dixit ad Jesum: Et quis est meus proximus? Suscipiens autem Jesus, dixit: Homo quidam descendebat ab Jerusalem in Jericho, et incidit in latrones, qui etiam despoliaverunt eum: et plagis impositis abierunt semivivo relicto. Accidit autem ut sacerdos quidam descenderet eadem via: et viso illo præterivit. Similiter et Levita, cum esset secus locum, et videret eum, pertransiit. Samaritanus autem quidam iter faciens, venit secus eum: et videns eum, misericordia motus est. Et appropians alligavit vulnera ejus, infundens oleum et vinum: et imponens illum in jumentum suum, duxit in stabulum, et curam ejus egit. Et altera die protulit duos denarios, et dedit stabulario, et ait: Curam illius habe: et quodcumque supererogaveris, ego cum rediero reddam tibi. Quis horum trium videtur tibi proximus fuisse illi, qui incidit in latrones? At ille dixit: Qui fecit misericordiam in illum. Et ait illi Jesus: Vade, et tu fac similiter.

And behold a certain expert of the law stood up, testing him, and saying: “Master, by doing what shall I possess eternal life?” And he said to him: “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” He responded and said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him: “You have responded correctly. Do this, and you shall live.” But wanting to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” And Jesus acknowledged and said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead. And it happened that a certain priest went down that way, and passed by that sight. Similarly, a Levite also, when he was beside the place, and saw him, passed along. But a certain Samaritan, making a journey, came beside him, and seeing him, was moved to pity. And coming near him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and setting him upon his own beast, led him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the second day he brought forth two coins, and gave them to the innkeeper, and said: ‘Take care of him. And whatsoever you shall have spent, I will repay you when I return.’  Which of these three men seems to you to have been a neighbor to the man who happened upon robbers?” And he said, “The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and do likewise.”


  1. legisperitus — expert of law
  2. proximus — neighbor
  3. latrones — robbers
  4. secus — beside
  5. infundens — pouring
  6. oleum — oil
  7. iumentum — best
  8. stabulum — inn
  9. vade — go

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