And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
Note 3 at Mr 12:28: Matthew's account says that this scribe was also a lawyer and that he asked this question to tempt Jesus (Mt 22:35). Mark's account would lead us to believe that this lawyer was sincere in his question. By comparing the two records, we can see that the lawyer's original intent was to snare Jesus, but he had been swayed into agreement with Jesus through His words. This was not the first time that the enemies of Jesus were overcome by the wisdom with which Jesus spoke (Joh 7:32 and 45-46).