The Two Great Commandments
Once a lawyer asked Jesus, "What is the most important of all the
commandments?" Jesus answered, "The most important is: 'The Lord our God
is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart,
with your whole soul, with your whole mind and with your whole
"The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There
is no other commandment greater than these."
The lawyer said to him, "Teacher, you have rightly and truly said,
'There is one God and there is none other. Also to love him, with all
one's heart, and with all one's understanding, and with all one's
strength, and to love one's neighbor as one loves himself is far more
than all whole-burnt offerings and sacrifices.'"
When Jesus saw that the lawyer had answered wisely, he said to him, "You
are not far from the Kingdom of God."
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