Mark 12:28-44 Revised Standard Version

The Great Commandment

28  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" 29  Jesus answered, "The first 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, 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  And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; 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 oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any question.

The Question about David's Son

35  And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, "How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36  David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I put thy enemies under thy feet.' 37  David himself calls him Lord; so how is he his son?" And the great throng heard him gladly.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

38  And in his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places 39  and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40  who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."

The Widow's Offering

41  And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42  And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. 43  And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44  For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living."

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