The Primary Commands

28 One(A) of the scribes(B) approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, “Which command is the most important of all?”[a]

29 “This is the most important,”[b] Jesus answered:

Listen, Israel! The Lord(C) our God, the Lord(D) is One.[c] 30 Love(E) the Lord your God(F) with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,(G) and with all your strength.[d](H)[e]

31 “The second is: Love your neighbor(I) as yourself.(J)[f] There is no other command(K) greater than these.”

32 Then the scribe said to Him, “You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one(L) else except Him.(M) 33 And to love(N) Him with all your heart, with all your understanding,[g] and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(O)

34 When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”(P) And no one dared(Q) to question Him any longer.

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  1. Mark 12:28 Lit Which command is first of all?
  2. Mark 12:29 Other mss add of all the commands
  3. Mark 12:29 Or The Lord our God is one Lord.
  4. Mark 12:30 Other mss add This is the first commandment.
  5. Mark 12:30 Dt 6:4-5; Jos 22:5
  6. Mark 12:31 Lv 19:18
  7. Mark 12:33 Other mss add with all your soul

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