The Tribute Money

24 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 (D)poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are [c]exempt. 27 However, so that we do not [d](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 [e]a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to two denarii or two days’ wages, paid as a temple tax
  2. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to two denarii or two days’ wages, paid as a temple tax
  3. Matthew 17:26 Or free
  4. Matthew 17:27 Lit cause them to stumble
  5. Matthew 17:27 Lit standard coin, which was a shekel

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