Bible: Matthew 22:15-22

Paying Taxes to Caesar

22:15 Then the Pharisees 1  went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words. 2  22:16 They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, 3  saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 4  You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality. 5  22:17 Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right 6  to pay taxes 7  to Caesar 8  or not?

22:18 But Jesus realized their evil intentions and said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? 22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” So 9  they brought him a denarius. 10  22:20 Jesus 11  said to them, “Whose image 12  is this, and whose inscription? 22:21 They replied, 13 Caesar’s.” He said to them, 14 Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 15  22:22 Now when they heard this they were stunned, 16  and they left him and went away.

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