Mark 12:28-31

The Great Commandment

28 1And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The most important is, 2'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, 3the Lord is one.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 4The second is this: 5'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment 6greater than these."

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Mark 12:28-31 In-Context

26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?
27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong."
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
32 And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.
33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

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Cross References 6

  • 1. For ver. 28-34, see Matthew 22:34-40, 46; [Luke 10:25-28]
  • 2. Luke 10:27; Cited from Deuteronomy 6:4, 5
  • 3. Romans 3:30; 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; Galatians 3:20; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 2:5; James 2:19; James 4:12; Jude 25; [Matthew 19:17; Matthew 23:9]
  • 4. [1 John 4:21]
  • 5. Cited from Leviticus 19:18; See Matthew 19:19
  • 6. [Matthew 23:23]
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