Matthew 22:36
New International Version
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

New Living Translation
"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"

English Standard Version
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

Berean Study Bible
“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?”

Berean Literal Bible
"Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?"

New American Standard Bible
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"

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

Christian Standard Bible
"Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?"

Contemporary English Version
"Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?"

Good News Translation
"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?"

International Standard Version
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

NET Bible
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"

New Heart English Bible
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Teacher, which commandment in The Written Law is the greatest?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in Moses' Teachings?"

New American Standard 1977
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

King James 2000 Bible
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?

American King James Version
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?

Darby Bible Translation
Teacher, which is the great 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?"

World English Bible
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?"

Young's Literal Translation
Teacher, which is the great command in the Law?'
Study Bible
The Greatest Commandment
35One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question: 36“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” 37Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’…
Cross References
Matthew 22:35
One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question:

Matthew 22:37
Jesus declared, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'

Treasury of Scripture

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Matthew 5:19,20
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven…

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

Matthew 23:23,24
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone…







Lexicon
“Teacher,
Διδάσκαλε (Didaskale)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1320: A teacher, master. From didasko; an instructor.

which
ποία (poia)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4169: Of what sort. From the base of pou and hoios; individualizing interrogative what sort of, or which one.

commandment
ἐντολὴ (entolē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1785: An ordinance, injunction, command, law. From entellomai; injunction, i.e. An authoritative prescription.

[is the] greatest
μεγάλη (megalē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Law?”
νόμῳ (nomō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.
(36) Which is the great commandment . . .?--Literally, of what kind. The questioner asked as if it belonged to a class. Our Lord's answer is definite, "This is the first and great commandment."

Verse 36. - Which is the great commandment in the Law? Ποία ἐντολὴ μεγάλη ἐν τῷ νόμῳ; What sort of commandment is great in the Law? According to rabbinical teaching, there were more than six hundred precepts in the Law; of this considerable number all could not be observed. Which were of absolute obligation? which were not? The schools made a distinction between heavy and light commandments, as though some were of less importance than others, and might be neglected with impunity; and some of such exceeding dignity that fulfilment of them would condone imperfect obedience in the case of others. Some taught that if a man rightly selected some great precept to observe, he might safely disregard the rest of the Law (see Matthew 19:16, etc.). This was the kind of doctrine against which St. James (James 2:10) expostulates: "Whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all." The Pharisees may have desired to discover whether Jesus knew and sanctioned these rabbinical distinctions. He had proved himself intimately acquainted with the inner meaning of Scripture, and able to evolve doctrines and to trace analogies which their dull minds had never comprehended; the question now was whether he entered into their subtle divisions and could decide this dispute for them. Such is the view usually taken of the scribe's question; but it may well be doubted, if regard is had to the character of the man, whether he had any intention of entangling Christ in these subtleties, but rather asked for a solution of the general problem - Of what nature was the precept which should be regarded as "first" (Mark) in the Law? We may compare the somewhat similar question and answer in Luke 10:25-28. Lange's idea, that the scribe wished to force Christ to make some answer which, by implying his own claim to be Son of God, would trench upon the doctrine of monotheism, seems wholly unwarranted. This theory is based on the supposition that the Pharisee took it for granted that Jesus would answer, "Thou shalt love God above all," and intended to found upon that reply a condemnation for having made himself equal with God by his assertion of Sonship. But the text gives no countenance to such intention, and it has been suggested chiefly for the purpose of accounting for Christ's subsequent question (vers. 41-45), which, however, needs no such foundation, as we shall see. 22:34-40 An interpreter of the law asked our Lord a question, to try, not so much his knowledge, as his judgment. The love of God is the first and great commandment, and the sum of all the commands of the first table. Our love of God must be sincere, not in word and tongue only. All our love is too little to bestow upon him, therefore all the powers of the soul must be engaged for him, and carried out toward him. To love our neighbour as ourselves, is the second great commandment. There is a self-love which is corrupt, and the root of the greatest sins, and it must be put off and mortified; but there is a self-love which is the rule of the greatest duty: we must have a due concern for the welfare of our own souls and bodies. And we must love our neighbour as truly and sincerely as we love ourselves; in many cases we must deny ourselves for the good of others. By these two commandments let our hearts be formed as by a mould.
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