20 (A)So they (B)watched him and sent spies, who (C)pretended to be sincere, that they might (D)catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of (E)the governor.

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Paying Taxes to Caesar(A)

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

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And (A)they watched Jesus,[a] to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 3:2 Greek him

Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely(A) to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.(B)

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This they said (A)to test him, (B)that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

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They were using this question as a trap,(A) in order to have a basis for accusing him.(B)

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

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21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
    and (A)lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
    and with an empty plea (B)turn aside him who is in the right.

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21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
    who ensnare the defender in court(A)
    and with false testimony(B) deprive the innocent of justice.(C)

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