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Matthew 22:36

    Matthew 22:36 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Master, which is the chief rule in the law?

    Webster's Revision

    Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 22:36

    Which is the great commandment - We see here three kinds of enemies and false accusers of Christ and his disciples; and three sorts of accusations brought against them.

    1. The Herodians, or politicians and courtiers, who form their questions and accusations on the rights of the prince, and matters of state, Matthew 22:16.

    2. The Sadducees, or libertines, who found theirs upon matters of religion, and articles of faith, which they did not credit, Matthew 22:23.

    3. The Pharisees, lawyers, scribes, or Karaites, hypocritical pretenders to devotion, who found theirs on that vital and practical godliness (the love of God and man) of which they wished themselves to be thought the sole proprietors, Matthew 22:36.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 22:36

    Which is the great commandment? - That is, the "greatest" commandment, or the one most important.

    The Jews are said to have divided the law into "greater and smaller" commandments. Which was of the greatest importance they had not determined. Some held that it was the law respecting sacrifice; others, that respecting circumcision; others, that pertaining to washings and purifying, etc.

    The law - The word "law" has a great variety of significations; it means, commonly, in the Bible, as it does here, "the law given by Moses," recorded in the first five books of the Bible.