Mark 12:28-44 New King James Version

The Great Commandment

28  Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" 29  Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31  And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." 32  So the scribe said to Him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. 33  And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34  Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question Him.

The Question about David's Son

35  Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? 36  For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." ' 37  Therefore David himself calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?" And the common people heard Him gladly.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

38  Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 39  the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 40  who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."

The Widow's Offering

41  Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."

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