Hymns about the Parable of the Good Samaritan

This is a selection of hymns and songs that are based directly on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

It does not include hymns about other topics which can be inferred from the parable, just ones which relate directly to it.

The list is grouped into two sections:
  • Free-use (either copyright has expired, or the author has allowed them to be freely used)
  • Still subject to copyright and so can only be used if you are covered by a copyright license.

Both children's and adults hymns / songs are included in each list - because except for the youngest of children, it is is difficult to draw a clear distinction between them.

About the Parable of the Good Samaritan

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a story which is told by Jesus in response to a lawyer asking, "And who is my neighbor?". It is included in the Gospels in Luke 10:25-37.

In this story, a traveler (implied to be Jewish) is attacked and left on the roadside, injured, perhaps close to dead, and without clothing. People passing by include a Jewish priest and a Levite, and they cross the road to avoid him. Then a man from Samaria passes. He helps the injured man even though historically Jews and Samaritans are enemies. 

The teaching-point of the parable is that the real neighbor is the person who shows mercy.

Some teachers suggest that the Samaritan represents Jesus saving sinners. Others disagree, and see the story as directly teaching about the ethics of mercy and God's love of all humankind.

Songs and hymns which may be freely used

Father of Mercies Send Thy Grace

The Good Samaritan - Newton

Hark My Soul It is the Lord

Help Somebody Today - Breck

Who is Thy Neighbour - Peabody

Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

A Man Lay Beaten, Left for Dead - Pratt

A Wounded Man Lay by the Road - Stuempfle

Cross over the Road - Verrall

Good Samaritan - for children, tune THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK

I was Lying in the Roadway - Scholey (sheet music in Complete Come and Praise)

I Was the Man who went down to Jericho - unknown (video)

Jesu Jesu Fill us with Your Love

My Hands (video)

Song of the Parable of the Good Samaritan - (Someone Else's Cause) - John Hayles

The Good Samaritan - Ken Bible

The Good Samaritan - Christopher (video)

The Good Samaritan - Holm (video) - professional recording

The Good Samaritan (video) - Odhner

The Good Samaritan (Don't pass your neighbor by, my friend) - Walker

The Good Samaritan revisited - Deitrich (YouTube clip only)

'The Good Samaritan' and 'Robbery on the Jericho Road' - Geers (YouTube clip only)

The Good Samaritan Song - Aluh  (YouTube clip only)

They Asked, "Who's My Neighbor?" - Wesson

Whatsoever You Do - Jabusch

Who is my Neighbour - Gilette (ref)

Who is my Neighbour asks the Scribe - Smith (ref)

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