The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 22:38
This is the first and great commandment.
] Whether the
object of it is considered, who is the first and chief good; or the
manner in which it is to be observed, which requires and engrosses
the whole heart, soul, and mind, and all the strength and power of
man; or its being the principle from whence all the duties, and
actions of men should flow, and the end to which all are to be
referred; and is not only a compendium of the duties of the first
table of the decalogue, but of all others that can be thought to, and
do, belong to God. This is the first command in order of nature, time,
dignity, and causality; God being the first cause of all things,
infinitely above all creatures, and love to him being the source,
spring and cause of love to the neighbour; and it is the greatest in
its object, nature, manner, and end. That this command, and these words
our Lord cites, are so full and comprehensive, the Jews themselves
cannot deny. A noted writer of their's F24 says,
``the root of "all the commandments" is, when a man loves
God with all his soul, and cleaves unto him.''
And, says F25 another,
``in this verse only, "thou shalt love the Lord thy God"…
(twrbdh trve Mylwlk) , "the ten words, or decalogue, are
F24 Aben Ezra in Exod. xxxi. 18.
F25 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 138. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 22:38". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=022&verse=038>. 1999.