35 And [a]one of them, which was an expounder of the Law, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?

37 Jesus said to him, (A)Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy [b]soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and the great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto this, (B)Thou shalt love thy [c]neighbor as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hangeth the whole Law and the Prophets.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:35 A scribe, so saith Mark 12:28, now what a scribe is, see Matt. 2:4.
  2. Matthew 22:37 The Hebrew text readeth, Deut. 6:5, with thine heart, soul, and strength: and in Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27 we read with soul, heart, strength and thought.
  3. Matthew 22:39 Another man.

And (A)thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

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18 ¶ Thou shalt not avenge, nor be mindful of wrong against the children of thy people, (A)but shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.

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17 [a]Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy them, but to [b]fulfill them.

18 (A)For truly I say unto you, Till heaven and earth perish, one jot or one tittle of the Law shall not escape, till all things be fulfilled.

19 (B)[c]Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and teach men so, he shall be called the [d]least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall observe and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:17 Christ came not to bring any new way of righteousness and salvation into the world, but to fulfill that in deed which was shadowed by the figures of the Law, by delivering men through grace from the curse of the Law: and moreover to teach the true use of obedience which the Law appointed, and to engrave in our hearts the force of obedience.
  2. Matthew 5:17 That the prophecies may be accomplished.
  3. Matthew 5:19 He beginneth with the true expounding of the Law, and setteth it against the old (but yet false) glosses of the Scribes: So far is he from abolishing the least commandment of his Father.
  4. Matthew 5:19 He shall have no place in the Church.