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Matthew 17:22-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Second Prediction of His Death

22 As they were meeting[a] in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. 23 They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.” And they were deeply distressed.

Paying the Temple Tax

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax[b] approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?”

25 “Yes,” he said.

When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first,[c] “What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?”[d]

26 “From strangers,” he said.[e]

“Then the sons are free,” Jesus told him. 27 “But, so we won’t offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin.[f] Take it and give it to them for Me and you.”


  1. Matthew 17:22 Other mss read were staying
  2. Matthew 17:24 Jewish men paid this tax to support the temple; Ex 30:11-16. A double-drachma could purchase 2 sheep.
  3. Matthew 17:25 Lit Jesus anticipated him by saying
  4. Matthew 17:25 Or foreigners
  5. Matthew 17:26 Other mss read Peter said to Him
  6. Matthew 17:27 Gk stater, worth 2 double-drachmas

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