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Matthew 22:15-22 Living Bible (TLB)

15 Then the Pharisees met together to try to think of some way to trap Jesus into saying something for which they could arrest him. 16 They decided to send some of their men along with the Herodians[a] to ask him this question: “Sir, we know you are very honest and teach the truth regardless of the consequences, without fear or favor. 17 Now tell us, is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?”

18 But Jesus saw what they were after. “You hypocrites!” he exclaimed. “Who are you trying to fool with your trick questions? 19 Here, show me a coin.” And they handed him a penny.

20 “Whose picture is stamped on it?” he asked them. “And whose name is this beneath the picture?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give it to Caesar if it is his, and give God everything that belongs to God.”

22 His reply surprised and baffled them, and they went away.


  1. Matthew 22:16 the Herodians were a Jewish political party.
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