the first and greatest commandment




Jesus says this is The first and greatest commandment: to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind.

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This is the first and great commandment.

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Matthew 22:38 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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This αὕτη The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) This
is ἐστὶν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
the first πρώτη Foremost (in time, place, order or importance) first
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
great μεγάλη Big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application) great
commandment. ἐντολή Injunction, i.e., an authoritative prescription commandment

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  • 36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

  • 37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

  • 38  This is the first and great commandment.

  • 39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

  • 40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


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