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Matthew 22:15-22 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went and consulted[a] so that they could entrap him with a statement. 16 And they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not care what anyone thinks,[b] because you do not regard the opinion of people.[c] 17 Therefore tell us what you think. Is it permitted to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 But because he[d] knew their maliciousness, Jesus said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? 19 Show me the coin for the tax!” 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.” Then he said to them, “Therefore give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God!” 22 And when they[e] heard this,[f] they were astonished, and they left him and[g] went away.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 22:15 Literally “took counsel”
  2. Matthew 22:16 Literally “it is not a care to you concerning anyone”
  3. Matthew 22:16 Literally “because you do not look at the face of men”
  4. Matthew 22:18 Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“knew”) which is understood as causal
  5. Matthew 22:22 Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal
  6. Matthew 22:22 *Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  7. Matthew 22:22 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“left”) has been translated as a finite verb
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Matthew 22:15-22 New International Version (NIV)

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
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Matthew 22:15-22 New Living Translation (NLT)

Taxes for Caesar

15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin,[a] 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.

Footnotes:

  1. 22:19 Greek a denarius.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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