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20 [a]They watched him closely and sent agents pretending to be righteous who were to trap him in speech,(A) in order to hand him over to the authority and power of the governor.

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  1. 20:20 The governor: i.e., Pontius Pilate, the Roman administrator responsible for the collection of taxes and maintenance of order in Palestine.

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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