Love thy neighbor




Jesus tells us to “ thy neighbor as thyself” as a second commandment after the first and greatest commandment: to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind.

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

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Matthew 22:39 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And δὲ But, and, etc And
the second δευτέρα (ordinal) second (in time, place, or rank; also adverb) second
is (No Greek definition. English implied.)
like unto ὁμοία Similar (in appearance or character) like
it, αὐτῇ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons it
Thou shalt love Ἀγαπήσεις To love (in a social or moral sense) love
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
neighbour πλησίον (adverbially) close by; as noun, a neighbor, i.e., fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend) neighbour
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
thyself. σεαυτόν Of (with, to) thyself thyself

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  • 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.

  • 41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,


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