The Temple Tax

24 (A)When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of (B)the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, (C)“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or (D)tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[a] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Who Is the Greatest?

18 (E)At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you (F)turn and (G)become like children, you (H)will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (I)Whoever humbles himself like this child is the (J)greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(K)“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 17:27 Greek stater, a silver coin worth four drachmas or approximately one shekel

Who Is the Greatest?

33 And (A)they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house (B)he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way (C)they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, (D)“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and (E)taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 (F)“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and (G)whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

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Who Is the Greatest?

46 (A)An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, (B)“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and (C)whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For (D)he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

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