15 (A)Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might [a]tangle him in talk.

16 And they sent unto him their disciples with the [b]Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God [c]truly, neither carest for any man: for thou considerest not the [d]person of men.

17 [e]Tell us therefore, how thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give [f]tribute unto Caesar, or not?

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:15 Snare him in his words or talk. The Greek word is derived of snares which hunters lay.
  2. Matthew 22:16 They which with Herod made a new religion patched together of the heathenish and the Jewish religion.
  3. Matthew 22:16 Truly and sincerely.
  4. Matthew 22:16 Thou art not moved with any appearance and outward show.
  5. Matthew 22:17 The Christians must obey their Magistrates, although they be wicked and extortioners, but so far forth as the authority that God hath over us may remain safe unto him, and his honor be not diminished.
  6. Matthew 22:17 The word that is used here, signifieth a valuing and rating of men’s substance, according to the proportion whereof they paid tribute in those provinces which were subject to tribute, and it is here taken for the tribute itself.