19 The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who [a]pretended to be righteous, in order that they might [b]catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.21 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You [c]are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.22 Is it [d]lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”23 But He detected their trickery and said to them,24 “Show Me a [e]denarius. Whose [f]likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.”25 And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”26 And they were unable to [g]catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
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