Mark 12:28-44 Bible in Basic English

The Great Commandment

28  And one of the scribes came, and hearing their argument together, and seeing that he had given them a good answer, put the question to him, Which law is the first of all? 29  Jesus said in answer, The first is, Give ear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; 30  And you are to have love for the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31  The second is this, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself. There is no other law greater than these. 32  And the scribe said to him, Truly, Master, you have well said that he is one, and there is no other but he: 33  And to have love for him with all the heart, and with all the mind, and with all the strength, and to have the same love for his neighbour as for himself, is much more than all forms of offerings. 34  And when Jesus saw that he gave a wise answer, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And every man after that was in fear of questioning him any more.

The Question about David's Son

35  And Jesus, when he was teaching in the Temple, said, How do the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? 36  David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, Be seated at my right hand, till I put those who are against you under your feet. 37  David himself gives him the name of Lord; and how then is he his son? And the common people gave ear to him gladly.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

38  And in his teaching he said, Be on your watch against the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes and be respected in the market-places, 39  And to have the chief seats in the Synagogues and the first places at feasts; 40  Who take away the property of widows, and before the eyes of men make long prayers; these will be judged more hardly.

The Widow's Offering

41  And he took a seat by the place where the money was kept, and saw how the people put money into the boxes: and a number who had wealth put in much. 42  And there came a poor widow, and she put in two little bits of money, which make a farthing. 43  And he made his disciples come to him, and said to them, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has put in more than all those who are putting money into the box: 44  Because they all put in something out of what they had no need for; but she out of her need put in all she had, even all her living.

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