Bible: Matthew 22:15-33

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.

Marriage and the Resurrection

22:23 The same day Sadducees 17  (who say there is no resurrection) 18  came to him and asked him, 19  22:24 Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and father children 20  for his brother.’ 21  22:25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children he left his wife to his brother. 22:26 The second did the same, and the third, down to the seventh. 22:27 Last 22  of all, the woman died. 22:28 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.” 23  22:29 Jesus 24  answered them, “You are deceived, 25  because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 26  in heaven. 22:31 Now as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, 27  22:32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 28  He is not the God of the dead but of the living! 29  22:33 When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.

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