Paying Taxes to Caesar15 a Then the Pharisees went and plotted how b to entangle him in his words. 16And they sent c their disciples to him, along with d the Herodians, saying, “Teacher e we know that you are true and teach f the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for g you are not swayed by appearances. ▼
▼Greek for you do not look at people’s faces17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay i taxes to j Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why k put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. ▼
▼A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, m “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they n left him and went away.
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