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36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”[a] 37 Jesus[b] said to him, “‘Love[c] the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and greatest[e] commandment.

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  1. Matthew 22:36 tn Or possibly “What sort of commandment in the law is great?”
  2. Matthew 22:37 tn Grk “And he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
  3. Matthew 22:37 tn Grk “You will love.” The future indicative is used here with imperatival force (see ExSyn 452 and 569).
  4. Matthew 22:37 sn A quotation from Deut 6:5. The threefold reference to different parts of the person says, in effect, that one should love God with all one’s being.
  5. Matthew 22:38 tn Grk “the great and first.”