12:28 Now 1 one of the experts in the law 2 came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus 3 answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 12:30 Love 4 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 5 12:31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 6 There is no other commandment greater than these.” 12:32 The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. 7 12:33 And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength 8 and to love your neighbor as yourself 9 is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.
1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.
3 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Grk “You will love.” The future indicative is used here with imperatival force (see ExSyn 452 and 569).