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18 Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”

19 The teachers of religious law and the leading priests wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

Taxes for Caesar

20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus.

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18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”(A)

19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him(B) immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.(C)

Paying Taxes to Caesar(D)

20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said,(E) so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.(F)

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