Mark 12:34

Discreetly (nounecw). From nou (intellect) and ecw, to have. Using the mind to good effect is what the adverb means. He had his wits about him, as we say. Here only in the N.T. In Aristotle and Polybius. Nounecontw would be the more regular form, adverb from a participle. Not far (ou makran). Adverb, not adjective, feminine accusative, a long way (odon understood). The critical attitude of the lawyer had melted before the reply of Jesus into genuine enthusiasm that showed him to be near the kingdom of God. No man after that (oudei ouketi). Double negative. The debate was closed (etolma, imperfect tense, dared). Jesus was complete victor on every side.