||And one of the scribes, who had heard them arguing, drew near to him. And seeing that he had answered them well, he questioned him as to which was the first commandment of all.
||And Jesus answered him: “For the first commandment of all is this: ‘Listen, O Israel. The Lord your God is one God.
||And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from your whole mind, and from your whole strength. This is the first commandment.’
||But the second is similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
||And the scribe said to him: Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth that there is one God, and there is no other beside him;
||and that he should be loved from the whole heart, and from the whole understanding, and from the whole soul, and from the whole strength. And to love one’s neighbor as one’s self is greater than all holocausts and sacrifices.”
||And Jesus, seeing that he had responded wisely, said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to question him.