In Matthew 22:37 the word strength
is dropped from the list that includes heart
, and mind
in Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27. It seems to me that all four are important to make it a complete picture. Do you have any thoughts on why Matthew didn’t include all four?
The answer to this question, in this case, might be simple. The omission of the word strength
in Matthew 22:37 is most likely the result of what is called authorial variation, meaning each author—within the boundaries of what God had to say—could write with his own voice and make certain choices in language and detail. Matthew might have felt that the notion of strength
was included in the other three parallel words. While Scripture was fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, it was transmitted through human authors who showed their God-given individuality in their distinctive styles and emphases, adding to the beauty and interest of reading the texts of the books of the Bible.