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Matthew 17:24-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Paying the Temple Tax

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax[a] 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,[b] “What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?”[c]

26 “From strangers,” he said.[d]

“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.[e] Take it and give it to them for Me and you.”


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

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