Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar(A)

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians(B) to Jesus to catch him(C) in his words.

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Paying Taxes to Caesar(A)

20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said,(B) so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.(C) 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.(D) 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s,(E) and to God what is God’s.”

26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

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54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.(A)

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Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians(A) how they might kill Jesus.(B)

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15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast(A) of the Pharisees(B) and that of Herod.”(C)

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Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar(A)

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.(B) “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a](C) to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s,(D) and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens

“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”(A)

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18 They said, “Come, let’s make plans(A) against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest(B) will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise,(C) nor the word from the prophets.(D) So come, let’s attack him with our tongues(E) and pay no attention to anything he says.”

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21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
    who ensnare the defender in court(A)
    and with false testimony(B) deprive the innocent of justice.(C)

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The arrogant have hidden a snare(A) for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net(B)
    and have set traps(C) for me along my path.

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All day long they twist my words;(A)
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire,(B) they lurk,
    they watch my steps,(C)
    hoping to take my life.(D)

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12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,(A)
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;(B)
    all day long they scheme and lie.(C)

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