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Matthew 22:34-40Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Primary Commands

34 When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”[a]

37 He said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.[b] 38 This is the greatest and most important[c] command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend[e] on these two commands.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 22:36 Lit is great
  2. Matthew 22:37 Dt 6:5
  3. Matthew 22:38 Lit and first
  4. Matthew 22:39 Lv 19:18
  5. Matthew 22:40 Or hang

Mark 12:28-34Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Primary Commands

28 One of the scribes 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 our God, the Lord is One.[c] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.[d][e]

31 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself.[f] There is no other command 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 else except Him. 33 And to love 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.”

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

Footnotes:

  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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