Luke 10:25-42 Bible in Basic English

The Good Samaritan

25  And a certain teacher of the law got up and put him to the test, saying, Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life? 26  And he said to him, What does the law say, in your reading of it? 27  And he, answering, said, Have love for the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and for your neighbour as for yourself. 28  And he said, You have given the right answer: do this and you will have life. 29  But he, desiring to put himself in the right, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30  And Jesus, answering him, said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he got into the hands of thieves, who took his clothing and gave him cruel blows, and when they went away, he was half dead. 31  And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he went by on the other side. 32  And in the same way, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, went by on the other side. 33  But a certain man of Samaria, journeying that way, came where he was, and when he saw him, he was moved with pity for him, 34  And came to him and put clean linen round his wounds, with oil and wine; and he put him on his beast and took him to a house and took care of him. 35  And the day after he took two pennies and gave them to the owner of the house and said, Take care of him; and if this money is not enough, when I come again I will give you whatever more is needed. 36  Which of these three men, in your opinion, was neighbour to the man who came into the hands of thieves? 37  And he said, The one who had mercy on him. And Jesus said, Go and do the same.

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

38  Now, while they were on their way, he came to a certain town; and a woman named Martha took him into her house. 39  And she had a sister, by name Mary, who took her seat at the Lord's feet and gave attention to his words. 40  But Martha had her hands full of the work of the house, and she came to him and said, Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has let me do all the work? Say to her that she is to give me some help. 41  But the Lord, answering, said to her, Martha, Martha, you are full of care and troubled about such a number of things: 42  Little is needed, or even one thing only: for Mary has taken that good part, which will not be taken away from her.


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