Idiom: Good Samaritan

Meaning of “Good Samaritan“:
- Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.

Usage of “Good Samaritan“:
- The quick action of a good Samaritan and an experienced train conductor can take the credit for saving a 59-year-old’s life … (WKBW-TV – April 9, 2012).
- A good Samaritan helped save a family of 10 boaters, including five children, who were tossed into the water when their boat capsized. (7Online WSVN-TV – April 9, 2012).
- An unknown good Samaritan turned in to city officials a wallet containing $10000, which he found on a Main Beach bench Saturday. (Los Angeles Times – April 6, 2012).

Origin of “Good Samaritan“:
- This expression derives from the Biblical parable, Luke 10:30/33 (Miles Coverdale’s Version, 1535):

10:30 Then answered Iesus, and sayde: A certayne man wente downe from Ierusalem vnto Iericho, and fell amonge murthurers, which stryped him out of his clothes, and wounded him, and wente their waye, and left him half deed.
10:31 And by chauce there came downe a prest the same waye: and whan he sawe him, he passed by.
10:32 And likewyse a Leuite, wha he came nye vnto the same place and sawe him, he passed by.
10:33 But a Samaritane was goynge his iourney, and came that waye, and whan he sawe him, he had compassion vpon him,
- The figurative use of the term began in the 17th century. In 1649, Peter Chamberlen published a book entitled The Poore Mans Advocate, or, Englands Samaritan.