Tribute to Caesar

15 (A)Then the Pharisees went and [a]plotted together how they might trap Him [b]in what He said. 16 And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the (B)Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and [c]defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 Tell us then, what do You think? Is it [d]lawful to give a (C)poll-tax to (D)Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their [e]malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the (E)coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a [f]denarius. 20 And He *said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They *said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He *said to them, (F)Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and (G)leaving Him, they went away.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:15 Lit took counsel
  2. Matthew 22:15 Lit in word
  3. Matthew 22:16 Lit it is not a concern to You about anyone; i.e. You do not seek anyone’s favor
  4. Matthew 22:17 Or permissible
  5. Matthew 22:18 Or wickedness
  6. Matthew 22:19 The denarius was a day’s wages

Jesus Answers the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes

13 (A)Then they *sent some of the Pharisees and (B)Herodians to Him in order to (C)trap Him in a statement. 14 They *came and *said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and [a]defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it [b]lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a [c]denarius to look at.” 16 They brought one. And He *said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, (D)Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they [d]were amazed at Him.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 12:14 Lit it is not a concern to You about anyone; i.e. You do not seek anyone’s favor
  2. Mark 12:14 Or permissible
  3. Mark 12:15 The denarius was a day’s wages
  4. Mark 12:17 Or were greatly marveling

(A)They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, (B)so that they might accuse Him.

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