The Good Samaritan

 


Read the story of The Good Samaritan, as told in Luke Chapter 10 verses 25-37, re-written in simple language for children - and then enjoy this collection of printable activities to accompany the story.

The Good Samaritan - Bible Stories for Kids

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The Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25-37

25 Then a lawyer stood up and tested Jesus by asking, "Teacher, what must I do to win eternal life?"

26 Jesus replied, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?"

27 The lawyer answered, "You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. You should love your neighbour as you love yourself."

28 Jesus said, "You have read that correctly. Behave like that, and you will have eternal life."

29 But the man, wanting to be sure that he understood, asked "Who is my neighbour, exactly?"

30 To answer the question, Jesus told a story. “A man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers who stripped him and beat him and left him half-dead. 31 A Jewish priest was travelling the same way, but when he saw him, he crossed the road and walked on past. 32 A Levite* also travelled past, saw him, crossed, and kept on going. 33 But a Samaritan was also travelling on that road. 34 When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. So he went to him, dressed his wounds with olive oil and wine, put him on his donkey and walking beside him, took him to an inn, where he looked after him. 35 The next day, the Samaritan gave two silver coins to the innkeeper and said to him, "Take care of him. If you spend more, I will repay you when I return this way."

36 Then Jesus asked, "Now which of these three travellers was a good neighbour to the man who was attacked by the robbers?"

37 The lawyer answered, "The one who stopped and helped him."

Jesus replied, "Then go and behave the same way."

* The significance of this story is that the men who the listeners would have expected to be good were the Jewish priest, a man of God, and the Levite. The Levites were members of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, and traditionally helped the priests in the temples. The man who the listeners would have looked down on was the Samaritan. He would have come from Samaria and, although part Jewish, the Jews did not accept them. Jews and Samaritans did not get on well!

The Good Samaritan - The Short Version

  • A lawyer asked Jesus, "What must I do to win eternal life?" Jesus replied that he should love God with all his heart, and love his neighbour too.
  • The man asked what Jesus meant by loving his neighbour. To answer him, Jesus told a story of a man who was attacked by robbers, beaten, and left half-dead on the road.
  • A priest and a Levite, both men of God, saw him and walked on by. But a Samaritan, a man from a race disliked by Jews, stopped and helped him and dressed his wounds.
  • The Samaritan put him on his donkey and took him to an inn, where he paid the innkeeper to look after him well. "Now, which of these men was a good neighbour?" asked Jesus. "That's how you should behave!"

Our Good Samaritan Printables

The Good Samaritan Colouring Pages

The Good Samaritan Colouring Pages

There are four colouring pages in this printable set, telling the wonderful Bible story of The Good Samaritan. They're perfect to use as part of a display or to accompany your reading or telling of the story from Luke Chapter 10 verses 25 to 37.

The Good Samaritan Colouring Pages Captioned

The Good Samaritan Colouring Pages Captioned

These four lovely colouring pages have simple captions telling the story of The Good Samaritan. They're perfect to use as part of a classroom display or the children can colour them in just for fun.

The Good Samaritan Comprehension

The Good Samaritan Comprehension

Ask the children to read the story of The Good Samaritan and then answer the questions at the end to show how much they have remembered and understood.

The Good Samaritan Story And Colouring Book

The Good Samaritan Story And Colouring Book

This lovely story and colouring book tells the story of The Good Samaritan whilst keeping to the structure and verses 25 to 37 of Luke Chapter 10, but in child-friendly language.

The Good Samaritan Story Booklet

The Good Samaritan Story Booklet

This lovely printable booklet tells the important story of The Good Samaritan in a concise and simple way. Just print double-sided, fold then staple together.

The Good Samaritan Story Paper

The Good Samaritan Story Paper

The four-page printable story paper is perfect for asking the kids to tell their own version of The Good Samaritan, and there's a lovely illustration to colour in on each page too.

More Ideas for The Good Samaritan

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