Mark 12:28-44 Darby’s Translation

The Great Commandment

28  And one of the scribes who had come up, and had heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, demanded of him, Which is [the] first commandment of all? 29  And Jesus answered him, [The] first commandment of all [is], Hear, Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord; 30  and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thine understanding, and with all thy strength. This is [the] first commandment. 31  And a second like it [is] this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is not another commandment greater than these. 32  And the scribe said to him, Right, teacher; thou hast spoken according to [the] truth. For he is one, and there is none other besides him; 33  and to love him with all the heart, and with all the intelligence, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbour as one's self, is more than all the burnt-offerings and sacrifices. 34  And Jesus, seeing that he had answered intelligently, said to him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no one dared question him any more.

The Question about David's Son

35  And Jesus answering said [as he was] teaching in the temple, How do the scribes say that the Christ is son of David? 36  [for] David himself said [speaking] in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand until I put thine enemies [as] footstool of thy feet. 37  David himself [therefore] calls him Lord, and whence is he his son? And the mass of the people heard him gladly.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

38  And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and salutations in the marketplaces, 39  and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at suppers; 40  who devour the houses of widows, and as a pretext make long prayers. These shall receive a severer judgment.

The Widow's Offering

41  And Jesus, having sat down opposite the treasury, saw how the crowd was casting money into the treasury; and many rich cast in much. 42  And a poor widow came and cast in two mites, which is a farthing. 43  And having called his disciples to [him] he said to them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow has cast in more than all who have cast into the treasury: 44  for all have cast in of that which they had in abundance, but she of her destitution has cast in all that she had, the whole of her living.


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