Most important commandment

Mark 12:28-34 MSG
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LEV 19:18

18"Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.

"Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.


LEV 19:34

33-34"When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don't take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God.


DT 6:4-5

4Attention, Israel!

God, our God! God the one and only!

5Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got!

The Most Important Commandment

28One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?"

29-31Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these."

32-33The religion scholar said, "A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that's better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!"

34When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, "You're almost there, right on the border of God's kingdom."

After that, no one else dared ask a question.


Devotional Parallel is Matthew 22:36-40.
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