28One of the religious teachers came and heard them arguing. He recognized that Jesus had given them a good answer. So he asked him, “Which is the most important commandment of all?” 29Jesus replied, “The first commandment is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your spirit, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’#12:30. Deuteronomy 6:4. 31The second is ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’#12:31. Leviticus 19:18. There’s no more important commandment than these.” 32“That’s right, Teacher,” the man replied. “It’s true as you said that God is one, and there is no other. 33We are to love him with all our heart, all our understanding, and all our strength, and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is far more important than offerings and sacrifices.” 34Jesus saw that he gave a thoughtful answer, and said, “You’re not far from the kingdom of God.” After this no one was brave enough to ask him any more questions.