25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes(A)—from their own children or from others?”

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25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

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17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a](A) to Caesar or not?”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
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17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

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21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

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

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21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

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And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.(A) He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar(B) and claims to be Messiah, a king.”(C)

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And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

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