Mark 12:28-34

God’s most important command

28 One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
29 Jesus replied, " The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord,
30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
31 The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these."
32 The legal expert said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him.
33 And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one's strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices."
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, " You aren't far from God's kingdom." After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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Mark 12:28-34 In-Context

26 As for the resurrection from the dead, haven't you read in the scroll from Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God said to Moses, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 He isn't the God of the dead but of the living. You are seriously mistaken."
28 One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
29 Jesus replied, "The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord,
30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
31 The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these."
32 The legal expert said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him.
33 And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one's strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices."
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, "You aren't far from God's kingdom." After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, "Why do the legal experts say that the Christ is David's son?
36 David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said, The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right side until I turn your enemies into your footstool.'

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