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? ” # Lit Which command is first of all? 29“This is the most important,” # Other mss add of all the commands Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord # Col 4:1; Jd 5 our God, the Lord # Dt 6:4 is One. # Or The Lord our God is one Lord. 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. # Other mss add This is the first commandment. # Dt 6:4-5; Jos 22:5 # Dt 6:4-5; Jos 22:5 31“The second is: Love your neighbor # Lk 10:29 as yourself. # Lv 19:18; 1Jn 4:21 # Lv 19:18 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, # 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 intelligently, 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.