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For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.

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21 Then they asked Him, saying, (A)“Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, [a]“Why do you test Me? 24 Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”

They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”

25 And He said to them, (B)“Render[b] therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

26 But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 20:23 NU omits Why do you test Me?
  2. Luke 20:25 Pay

14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and [a]care about no one; for You do not [b]regard the person of men, but teach the (A)way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?”

But He, knowing their (B)hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it. 16 So they brought it.

And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

17 And Jesus answered and said to them, [c]“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to (C)God the things that are God’s.”

And they marveled at Him.

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  1. Mark 12:14 Court no man’s favor
  2. Mark 12:14 Lit. look at the face of men
  3. Mark 12:17 Pay

17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

18 But Jesus [a]perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”

So they brought Him a denarius.

20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

And He said to them, (A)“Render[b] therefore to Caesar the things that are (B)Caesar’s, and to God the things that are (C)God’s.”

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  1. Matthew 22:18 knew
  2. Matthew 22:21 Pay

Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes

24 (A)When they had come to [a]Capernaum, those who received the [b]temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”

25 He said, “Yes.”

And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from (B)strangers?”

26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a [c]piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 17:24 NU Capharnaum, here and elsewhere
  2. Matthew 17:24 Lit. double drachma
  3. Matthew 17:27 Gr. stater, the exact temple tax for two

David’s Administration(A)

14 So David reigned over all Israel, and administered judgment and justice to all his people.

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(A)he who exhorts, in exhortation; (B)he who gives, with liberality; (C)he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, (D)with cheerfulness.

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And they began to (A)accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow (B)perverting [a]the nation, and (C)forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying (D)that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

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  1. Luke 23:2 NU our

“When I went out to the gate by the city,
When I took my seat in the open square,
The young men saw me and hid,
And the aged arose and stood;
The princes refrained from talking,
And (A)put their hand on their mouth;
10 The voice of nobles was hushed,
And their (B)tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, then it blessed me,
And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
12 Because (C)I delivered the poor who cried out,
The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
13 The blessing of a perishing man came upon me,
And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 (D)I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was (E)eyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor,
And (F)I searched out the case that I did not know.
17 I broke (G)the fangs of the wicked,
And plucked the victim from his teeth.

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There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards.

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Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews, for the building of this [a]house of God: Let the cost be paid at the king’s expense from taxes on the region beyond the River; this is to be given immediately to these men, so that they are not hindered.

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  1. Ezra 6:8 Temple

20 There have also been mighty kings over Jerusalem, who have (A)ruled over all the region (B)beyond the River; and tax, tribute, and custom were paid to them.

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13 Let it now be known to the king that, if this city is built and the walls completed, they will not pay (A)tax, tribute, or custom, and the king’s treasury will be diminished.

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(A)When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians.

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16 He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and judged Israel in all those places. 17 But (A)he always returned to Ramah, for his home was there. There he judged Israel, and there he (B)built an altar to the Lord.

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Tribal Leaders Appointed(A)

“And (B)I spoke to you at that time, saying: ‘I [a]alone am not able to bear you. 10 The Lord your God has multiplied you, (C)and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude. 11 (D)May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you (E)as He has promised you! 12 (F)How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? 13 Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them [b]heads over you.’ 14 And you answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have told us to do is good.’ 15 So I took (G)the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and [c]made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and officers for your tribes.

16 “Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your brethren, and (H)judge righteously between a man and his (I)brother or the stranger who is with him. 17 (J)You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for (K)the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, (L)bring to me, and I will hear it.’

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  1. Deuteronomy 1:9 am not able to bear you by myself
  2. Deuteronomy 1:13 rulers
  3. Deuteronomy 1:15 appointed

13 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses (A)sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. 14 So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone [a]sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?”

15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because (B)the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have (C)a [b]difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.”

17 So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; (D)you are not able to perform it by yourself. 19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you [c]counsel, and God will be with you: Stand (E)before God for the people, so that you may (F)bring the difficulties to God. 20 And you shall (G)teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and (H)the work they must do. 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people (I)able men, such as (J)fear God, (K)men of truth, (L)hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. (M)Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for (N)they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their (O)place in peace.”

24 So Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25 And (P)Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26 So they judged the people at all times; the (Q)hard[d] cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.

27 Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and (R)he went his way to his own land.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 18:14 Sit as judge
  2. Exodus 18:16 dispute
  3. Exodus 18:19 advice
  4. Exodus 18:26 difficult matters

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