Matthew 19:19

19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Matthew 19:19 in Other Translations

19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
19 honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself."
19 honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 19:19 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 19:19

Honour thy father and thy mother:
&c.] This, as it is the first commandment with promise, so the first of the second table, and yet is here mentioned last; which inversion of order is of no consequence: so the "seventh" command is put before the "sixth", and the "fifth" omitted, in ( Romans 13:9 ) and with the Jews it is a common


F3 saying, (hrwtb rxwamw Mdqwm Nya) , "there is neither first nor last in the law": that is, it is of no consequence which commandment is recited first, or which last. Moreover, it looks as if it was usual to recite these commands in this order, since they are placed exactly in the same method, by a very noted Jewish F4 writer.

And thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself;
which is not a particular distinct command from the rest, or an explication of the tenth and last, not mentioned; but a recapitulation, or compendium, and abridgment of the whole, and is said to be a complement and fulfilling of the law; see ( Romans 13:9 ) ( Galatians 5:14 ) .

F3 T. Bab. Pesach. fol. 6. 2. Zohar in Num. fol. 61. 4.
F4 R. Sangari, Sepher Cosri, par. 3. sect. 11, fol. 146. 2.

Matthew 19:19 In-Context

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
19 honor your father and mother,’and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20
  • 2. Leviticus 19:18; S Matthew 5:43

Footnotes 2

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