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In both Mark's and Luke's accounts of Jesus identification of the Greatest Commandment, they lists four different words rather than three, which Matthew lists and the Deuteronomy passage which they quote has as well.

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 ESV

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30 ESV

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 ESV

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV

So, why do Mark and Luke mention four words rather than three?

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Probably because "strength" is implied by "Heart"? If you do something with all your heart, it is the same as doing it with all your strength. It changes nothing of the meaning.

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Why should I continue when I have provided the answer? I am not a Pharisee who wishes to impress with many words. –  Juann Strauss Aug 1 '13 at 18:23
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For one thing, no, you didn't answer the question. For another, this isn't a prayer, it's an attempt at creating an academic resource for experts. –  wax eagle Aug 1 '13 at 19:04
    
You can't in good conscience refer to yourself as an "expert" if you can't grasp the basics. –  Juann Strauss Aug 2 '13 at 7:27
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