Luke 10:35

ESV And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
NIV The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
NASB On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.’
CSB The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him. When I come back I'll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.'
NLT The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
KJV And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

What does Luke 10:35 mean?

Jesus continues His story, explaining the kind of love that God expects from His followers. It's not a theoretical love that identifies a need but maintains distance in service of some "more important" task. Nor is it a love that remains within cultural boundaries and will not extend to a hated enemy. It is a compassionate love that sees someone in need and sacrifices to ease their hardship.

Two denarii was two day's wages in that era. At a simple inn, this was probably enough for more than three weeks of room and board. It is certainly enough for the innkeeper to check up on the victim and dress his wounds. The Samaritan is emphatic that he will cover the expenses; the victim is not obligated to anything.

Some scholars attempt to allegorize the story, saying the Samaritan is Jesus, the victim is us, the inn is the church, and the oil and wine are the sacraments. While some of Jesus' parables have layered meaning, they are not meant to be so obscure nor so convoluted. Jesus' parables are generally intended to make one main point. Extravagant interpretations are not needed and can easily introduce error. The story is more reminiscent of Jesus' explanation that those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned are credited with showing the same type of love to Jesus (Matthew 25:35–40).
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