21); the Father's commandment is life everlasting, and Jesus' words are spirit and life (xii.
Simeon Lakish, 3rd century A.D.: 1 " What is that which is written, ` I will give thee the tables of stone, and the Law and the Commandment, which I have written, that thou mayest teach them (Ex.
` Tables,' these are the Ten Words (the Decalogue); the ` Law ' is the Scripture; ` and the commandment,' that is the Mishnah: ` which I have written,' these are the Prophets and Writings (i.e.
Whatever was not of knowledge was of sin; and the distinction between right and wrong being absolute and not admitting of degrees all sins were equally sinful; whoever broke the least commandment was guilty of the whole law.
Without this grace it is impossible for man to obey the " first greatest commandment " of love to God; and, this unfulfilled, he is guilty of the whole law, and is only free to choose between degrees of sin; his apparent external virtues have no moral value, since inner rightness of intention is wanting.