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18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” 19 The scribes and chief priests sought to lay their hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people, for they knew that he had addressed this parable to them.(A)

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

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Footnotes

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

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