"Then one of the Scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceived that He had answered them well, asked Him, 'Which is the first Commandment of all?'
Jesus answered him, 'The first of all the Commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first Commandment. And the second like it is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other Commandment greater than these.
So the Scribe said to Him, 'Well said Teacher. You have spoken the truth for there is one God and there is no other but He.'"
Now, it would have been great if the scribe had shut his mouth at that point. He didn't need to say anything more but, like all Liberals, he couldn't resist showing his "education", "knowledge" and "wisdom". Notice the words he uses to reiterate what Christ had already said. The difference is that what he reiterated is NOT what Christ said. What the Scribe quoted back to Him was not what Christ said but, a watered down version. The Scribe massaged Christ's words so that it was more palatable and less personal for him.
"And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one another's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.'" - Mark 12:28-33
I found it rather interesting that the Scribe told Jesus what he heard rather than what Christ actually said. The Scribe used words like "the" and "oneself" to distance himself from what the Lord had actually said. The Scribe must have believed that the words of Christ applied to everyone else rather than him.
I heard as a boy that an excuse was merely the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. As you read what Jesus said and then compare it to what the Scribe said, was the Scribe using an excuse of a lie?