Matthew 22:36
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English Standard Version
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

King James Bible
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

American Standard Version
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

English Revised Version
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Webster's Bible Translation
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Weymouth New Testament
"Teacher, which is the greatest Commandment in the Law?"

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Which is the great commandment (ποία ἐντολὴ μεγάλη)

The A. V. and Rev. alike miss the point of this question, which is: which kind of command is great in the law? That is, what kind of a commandment must it be to constitute it a great one? Not, which commandment is greatest as compared with the others? The scribes declared that there were 248 affirmative precepts, as many as the members of the human body; and 365 negative precepts, as many as the days in the year; the total being 613, the number of letters in the Decalogue. Of these they called some light and some heavy. Some thought that the law about the fringes on the garments was the greatest; some that the omission of washings was as bad as homicide; some that the third commandment was the greatest. It was in view of this kind of distinction that the scribe asked the question; not as desiring a declaration as to which commandment was greatest, but as wanting to know the principle upon which a commandment was to be regarded as a great commandment.

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Matthew 5:19,20 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so...

Matthew 15:6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Matthew 23:23,24 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin...

Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

Mark 12:28-33 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him...

Luke 11:42 But woe to you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God...

Cross References
Matthew 22:35
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

Matthew 22:37
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

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