Mark 12:28-44 New American Standard Bible

The Great Commandment

28  One of the scribes came and heard them arguing , and recognizing that He had answered them well , asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all ?" 29  Jesus answered , "The foremost is, ' HEAR , O ISRAEL ! THE Lord OUR GOD IS ONE Lord ; 30   AND YOU SHALL LOVE 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 , ' YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF .' There is no other commandment greater than these ." 32  The scribe said to Him, "Right , Teacher ; You have truly e stated that HE IS ONE , AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33  AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH , AND TO LOVE ONE'S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF , is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices ." 34  When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently , He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God ." After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions .

The Question about David's Son

35  And Jesus began to say , as He taught in the temple , "How is it that 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 , "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND , UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET ."' 37  "David himself calls Him 'Lord '; so in what sense is He his son ?" And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

38  In His teaching He was saying : "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes , and like respectful greetings in the market places , 39  and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets , 40   who devour widows' houses , and for appearance's sake offer long prayers ; these will receive greater condemnation ."

The Widow's Offering

41  And He sat down opposite the treasury , and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury ; and many rich people were putting in large sums . 42  A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins , which amount to a cent . 43  Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury ; 44  for they all put in out of their surplus , but she, out of her poverty , put in all e she owned , all she had to live on."

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