117 A man asks what is the most important commandment.

Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; 1 Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6–8; Matthew 22:34–40; Mark 12:28–34

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When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together with Jesus. After hearing Jesus reason with the others and seeing how well he answered them, one of the teachers who had exceptional knowledge of the Law said, “What is the most important of all commandments?”

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Matthew 22:34–36 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together with Jesus. One of them who had exceptional knowledge of the Law tested him by asking, “Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”
Mark 12:28 After hearing Jesus reason with the others and seeing how well he answered them, one of the teachers of the Law said, “What is the most important of all commandments?”
King James

Matthew 22:34–36 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

Jesus said, “The most important is, Listen, Israel, and never forget. The Lord our God is the one and only true God. You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. This is the first and most important of all commandments. But the second commandment is equally important. Never seek revenge or carry a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. Of all the commandments, none are greater than these. All the Law and the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

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Leviticus 19:18 Never seek revenge or carry a grudge against one of your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4–5 Listen, Israel, and never forget. The Lord our God is the one and only true God. You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength.
Matthew 22:37–40You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. This is the first and most important of all commandments. But the second commandment is equally important. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Mark 12:29–31 Jesus said, “The most important is, Listen, Israel, and never forget. The Lord our God is the one and only true God. You must love God with your whole heart, with all your being and all your strength. This is the most important commandment. But the second commandment is equally important. Love your neighbor as yourself. Of all the commandments, none are greater than these.”
King James

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4–5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Matthew 22:37–40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Mark 12:29–31 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

“Teacher, you are right in saying there is only one God and no other. To love him with our whole heart, with all our being and all our strength, and to love others as much as ourselves is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Eyewitness

1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel said, “Does God take pleasure in sacrifices and burnt offerings as much as obeying his voice? Listen, obedience is better than sacrifice. To say yes is more important than offering the fat of sheep.”
Hosea 6:6 I wanted you to show love, not make sacrifices, to know God, not give burnt offerings.
Micah 6:6–8 How can I enter God’s presence and bow before the Most High? Shall I come with burnt offerings of yearling calves? Will I please God with the sacrifice of a thousand sheep or with ten thousand pourings of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn child to pay for my sins? No, God has shown you what is right and what he requires, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in obedience to him.
Mark 12:32–33 “Teacher, you are right in saying there is only one God and no other. To love him with our whole heart, with all our being and all our strength, and to love others as much as ourselves is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
King James

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Micah 6:6–8 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Mark 12:32–33 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

When Jesus saw that he had spoken with such insight, he said, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

Eyewitness

Mark 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had spoken with such insight, he said, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” After that, no one dared ask him any questions.
King James

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

After that, no one dared ask him any questions.

Eyewitness

Mark 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had spoken with such insight, he said, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” After that, no one dared ask him any questions.
King James

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.