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The Pharisees Try to Entrap Jesus

15 Then the Pharisees came together to make a plan to entrap Jesus with his own words. 16 So they sent some of their disciples together with some staunch supporters of Herod.[a] They said to Jesus, “Teacher, we know that you’re an honest man of integrity and you teach us the truth of God’s ways. We can clearly see that you’re not one who speaks only to win the people’s favor, because you speak the truth without regard to the consequences.[b] 17 So tell us, then, what you think. Is it proper for us Jews to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:16 The Hebrew Matthew is “They took violent men from Herod.” The Aramaic is “They took men from Herod’s household.” By bringing with them loyalists to Rome (Herodians), the Pharisees were convinced that Jesus would offend either the Jews, who despised paying the “poll tax” required of every adult male, or those political followers of Herod who sided with the Roman occupation.
  2. Matthew 22:16 Or “You don’t look into the faces of men [before you speak the truth].”

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