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Jesus Prays to the Father
21Then the Holy Spirit* made Jesus feel very happy. Jesus said, "I thank you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from
the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like
little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted
to do. 22"My Father has given me all things. No person knows who the Son is--only
the Father knows. And only the Son knows who the Father is. The only people that
will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell." 23Then Jesus
turned to his followers. They were there alone with him. Jesus said, "You are blessed
to see the things you now see! 24I tell you, many prophets* and kings wanted to
see the things that you now see. But they did not see these things. And many prophets
and kings wanted to hear the things that you now hear. But they did not hear these
Story About the Good Samaritan
25Then a teacher of the law stood up. He was trying to test Jesus. He said, "Teacher,
what must I do to get life forever?" 26Jesus said to him, "What is written in the
law? What do you read there?" 27The man answered, "'You must love the Lord your
God. You must love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and
all your mind.'* Also, 'You must love other people the same as you love yourself.'*
" 28Jesus said to him, "Your answer is right. Do this and you will have life forever."
29But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to
Jesus, "But who are these other people I must love?" 30To answer this question,
Jesus said, "A man was going down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Some robbers
surrounded him. They tore off his clothes and beat him. Then the robbers left the
man lying there on the ground. He was almost dead. 31It happened that a Jewish priest
was going down that road. When the priest saw the man, he did not stop to help him;
he walked away. 32Next, a Levite* came near. The Levite saw the hurt man, but he
went around him. He would not stop to help him either; he just walked away. 33Then
a Samaritan* man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man
was lying. The Samaritan saw the man. He felt very sorry for the hurt man. 34The
Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine* on his wounds. Then he covered
the man's wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on
his donkey, and he took him to an inn. At the inn, the Samaritan cared for him.
35The next day, the Samaritan brought out two silver coins* and gave them to the
man that worked at the inn. The Samaritan said, 'Take care of this hurt man. If
you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.'" 36Then
Jesus said, "Which one of these three men (the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan)
do you think showed love to the man that was hurt by the robbers?" 37The teacher
of the law answered, "The one that helped him." Jesus said to him, "Then you go
and do the same [for other people]!"
Mary and Martha
38While Jesus and his followers were traveling, Jesus went into a town. A woman
named Martha let Jesus stay at her house. 39Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary
was sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was
doing the housework. 40Martha became angry because she had so much work to do. Martha
went in and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me alone to do all
the housework? Tell her to help me!" 41But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha,
you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 42Only one thing is important.
Mary has made the right choice; and it will never be taken away from her."
Footnotes: Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and
the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the
world. prophets People that spoke for God. 'You must ... mind' Quote from Deut.
6:5. 'You must ... yourself' Quote from Lev. 19:18. Levite Levites were men from
the family group of Levi who helped the Jewish priests in the temple. Samaritan
From Samaria. Samaritans were part Jewish, but some Jews did not accept them. as
pure Jews. olive oil and wine Oil and wine were used like medicine to soften and
clean wounds. silver coins One coin, a Roman denarius, was the average pay for
one day's work.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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