28One#Mt 22:34-40 of the scribes#Mt 2:4 approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important#12:29 Other mss add of all the commands is Listen, O Israel! The Lord#Col 4:1; Jd 5 our God, the Lord#Dt 6:4 is one.#12:29 Or the Lord our God is Lord alone. 30Love#Lk 6:35 the Lord your God#Dt 6:5; Lk 10:27 with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,#1Jn 5:20 and with all your strength.#12:30 Other mss add This is the first commandment.#12:30Dt 6:4-5; Jos 22:5#Dt 6:4-5; Jos 22:5 31The second is, Love your neighbor#Lk 10:29 as yourself.#12:31Lv 19:18#Lv 19:18; 1Jn 4:21 There is no other command#Mk 7:8 greater than these.” 32Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, teacher. You have correctly said that he is one, and there is no one#Rm 3:30 else except him.#Dt 4:35,39; 6:4; Is 37:20; 43:10; 44:6; 45:21 33And to love#Lk 6:35 him with all your heart, with all your understanding,#12:33 Other mss add with all your soul and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”#1Sm 15:22; Ps 51:16; Hs 6:6; Am 5:22; Mc 6:6-8 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”#Mk 1:15 And no one dared#Lk 20:40 to question him any longer.