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Luke 10:29 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The design of our Saviour in this parable is to convince the lawyer, who put that question to him, Who is my neighbor? (verse 29) that every one is, and ought to be, accounted our neighbor, to whom God affords us an opportunity of doing good; contrary to the strait notion of the Pharisees, that by the word neighbor, understood friends and kinsfolk, brethren by blood, neighbors by habitation, and persons of the same religion.

Our Saviour by this parable taught them, that even strangers and professed enemies, every one that needed our help and relief, is to be accounted our neighbor. To convince him hereof, Christ propounds this parable of a Jew that fell among thieves, who was neglected by his own countrymen, but relieved by a Samaritan, who, though a professed enemy upon the score of religion, yet was so exceedingly kind and charitable, that he became physician, surgeon, and host, and a real neighbor to the unknown traveller wounded by thieves in his journey to Jericho.

From the whole learn,

1. That every person in misery is the object of our mercy, our neighbor, and capable of our charity.

2. That no difference in religion, much less in some doubtful opinion, will excuse us from exercising acts of charity and compassion towards such as are really in want, and need our assistance. Our holy and merciful religion makes all persons the objects of our compassion, who are indigent and helpless; though they be strangers and foreigners, heathens or heretics, friends or enemies; yea, be they good or bad, holy or wicked, as we have opportunity we must do good unto all; and imitate the example of our merciful God, who is kind to the unthankful and to the evil.

3. That real charity is an active operative thing; it consists not in good words given to the distressed, nor in compassionate beholding of them, nor in a pitiful mourning over them, but in positive acts of kindness towards them.

The Samaritan here is an example of a real and thorough charity; he turns his face towards the forlorn man, his feet hasten to him, his hand pours in wine and oil into his wounds, after which he sets him upon his own beast, brings him to the inn, stays with him all night; and the next day, because his recovery would be a work of time and expense, he leaves him, but first leaves money with the host, and a special charge to take care of him; with a punctual promise that whatever was expended more should be repaid. Behold here an instance and pattern of a complete charity, managed with as much discretion as compassion: well might our Lord say to this person, and in him to every one of us, Go, and do thou likewise.

Consult other comments:

Luke 10:29 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 10:29 - The Greek Testament

Luke 10:29 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:29 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:29 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 10:29 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 10:29 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 10:29 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 10:29 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 10:29 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:29 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:29 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 10:29 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 10:29 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 10:29 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 10:29 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 10:29 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 10:29 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 10:29 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 10:29 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 10:29 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 10:29 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 10:29 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 10:29 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 10:29 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 10:29 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 10:29 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 10:29 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 10:29 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 10:29 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament