Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
At the resurrectiona whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures1 or the power of God?25When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.226Now about the dead rising--have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'b+t +u?327He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"
One of the teachers of the law4 came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.c30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'d5