When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together in the same place.
And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him:
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and most important commandment.
The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."
One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
"This is the most important," Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
"The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these."
Then the scribe said to Him, "You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him.
And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more [important] than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices."
When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to question Him any longer.
The shouting grew loud, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party got up and argued vehemently: "We find nothing evil in this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"