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Love Ends the Argument

28 One of the Torah scholars came and heard them debating. Seeing that Yeshua had answered them well, he asked Him, “Which commandment is first of all?”

29 Yeshua answered, “The first is, ‘Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. 30 And you shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ [a] 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no other commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, Teacher,” the Torah scholar said to Him. “You have spoken the truth, that He is echad, and besides Him there is no other! [c] 33 And ‘to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’[d] and ‘to love the neighbor as oneself,’[e] is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Yeshua saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared any longer to question Him.

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  1. Mark 12:31 Dt. 6:4-5(6:4-5 LXX), v’ahavta.
  2. Mark 12:31 Lev. 19:18b, v’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha.
  3. Mark 12:33 cf. Dt. 4:35 (LXX).
  4. Mark 12:33 Dt. 6:4-5.
  5. Mark 12:33 Lev. 19:18b.