One of the Torah-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua answered them well, he asked him, “Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?” Yeshua answered, “The most important is,
‘Sh’ma Yisra’el, [Hear, O Isra’el, the LORD our God, the LORD is one], and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’
The second is this:
‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other mitzvah greater than these.” The Torah-teacher said to him, “Well said, Rabbi; you speak the truth when you say that he is one, and that there is no other besides him; and that loving him with all one’s heart, understanding and strength, and loving one’s neighbor as oneself, mean more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Yeshua saw that he responded sensibly, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared put to him another sh’eilah.