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Matthew 22:40

    Matthew 22:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    On these two rules all the law and the prophets are based.

    Webster's Revision

    On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

    World English Bible

    The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    On these two commandments hangeth the whole law, and the prophets.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 22:40

    On these two - hang all the law and the prophets - They are like the first and last links of a chain, all the intermediate ones depend on them. True religion begins and ends in love to God and man. These are the two grand links that unite God to man, man to his fellows, and men again to God.

    Love is the fulfilling of the law, says St. Paul, Romans 13:10; for he who has the love of God in him delights to obey the Divine precepts, and to do all manner of kindness to men for God's sake.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 22:40

    On these two commandments hang ... - That is, these comprehend the substance of what Moses in the law and what the prophets have spoken.

    What they have said has been to endeavor to win people to love God and to love each other. Love to God and man comprehends the whole of religion, and to produce this has been the design of Moses, the prophets, the Saviour, and the apostles.

    Mark Mar 12:32-34 adds that the scribe said, "Well, Master, thou hast said the truth;" and that he assented to what Jesus had said, and admitted that to love God and man in this manner was more than all burnt-offerings and sacrifices; that is, was of more value or importance. Jesus, in reply, told him that he was "not far from the kingdom of heaven;" in other words, by his reply he had shown that he was almost prepared to receive the doctrines of the gospel. He had evinced such an acquaintance with the law as to prove that he was nearly prepared to receive the teachings of Jesus. See the notes at Matthew 3:2.

    Mark and Luke say that this had such an effect that no man after that durst ask him any question, Luke 20:40; Mark 12:34. This does not mean that none of his disciples durst ask him any question, but none of the Jews. He had confounded all their sects - the Herodians Matthew 22:15-22; the Sadducees Matthew 22:23-33; and, last, the Pharisees Matthew 22:34-40. Finding themselves unable to confound him, everyone gave up the attempt at last.