(Based on the NIV.)

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘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.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going up from Jericho to Jerusalem, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a poor Samaritan, hated by the powers and who like all of his friends had no resources, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He passed the injured man staring at him in horror and meditating on what could possibly have led such criminals to do this this thing. He came unto the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and stepping before them pleaded for police patrols to ensure this ‘will never happen again’.

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “None cared enough to stop and render aid. None were a neighbor.”