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The Pharisees Try To Snare Jesus: Shall We Pay Taxes To Caesar?

15 Then the Pharisees, having gone, took counsel so that they might snare Him in a statement. 16 And they send-forth their disciples to Him, with the Herodians[a], saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful, and You teach the way of God in truth. And You are not concerned about [pleasing] anyone, for You do not look at the face[b] of people. 17 Tell us then, what seems right to You? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax[c] to Caesar, or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:16 That is, those politically linked to Herod’s family.
  2. Matthew 22:16 That is, You show no partiality toward anyone in Your teaching.
  3. Matthew 22:17 That is, taxes based on a census and paid to the Emperor. Is it lawful to pay taxes to a foreign king?