The Temple Tax

24 Now when they came to Capernaum, those who collected (A)the [a]two-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay (B)the [b]two-drachma tax?” 25 He *said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect (C)customs or [c](D)poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are [d]exempt. 27 However, so that we do not (E)offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a [e]stater. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to about two denarii or two days’ wages for a laborer, paid as a temple tax
  2. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to about two denarii or two days’ wages for a laborer, paid as a temple tax
  3. Matthew 17:25 I.e., a tax on each person in the census
  4. Matthew 17:26 Lit free
  5. Matthew 17:27 A silver four-drachma Greek coin