115 Religious leaders seek to trap Jesus with a question about taxes.

Matthew 22:15–22; Mark 12:13–17; Luke 20:20–26

Why did the Pharisees think they had an excellent plot to trap Jesus with the tax question (Matthew 22:15)?

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Why did the Pharisees compliment Jesus on being completely honest and truthful (Matthew 22:16)?

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What dangers can exist when answering a question with a yes or no (Matthew 22:17)?

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What was the difference between Roman and Jewish coins (Matthew 22:18–20)?

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How could some people accuse Jesus of saying taxes should not be paid to Caesar (Matthew 22:21)?

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What was so amazing about Jesus’ answer (Matthew 22:22)?

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The Jewish leaders gathered to plot how they might trap Jesus into saying something that could be used against him. They kept watching him and sent Pharisees and people loyal to Herod as spies, pretending to be interested in his teaching. “Teacher, we know you are sincere and completely honest. You teach the truth about God’s ways without concern for what people think. So tell us what you believe. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar? Should we pay or not?”

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Matthew 22:15–17 The Pharisees gathered to plot how they might trap Jesus into saying something that could be used against him. They sent some of their group and people loyal to Herod to say, “Teacher, we know you are sincere and completely honest. You teach the truth about God’s ways without concern for what people think. So tell us what you believe. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?”
Mark 12:13–15 Jewish leaders sent Pharisees and people loyal to Herod to trap Jesus into saying something that could be used against him. “Teacher, we know you are sincere and completely honest. You teach the truth about God’s ways without concern for what people think. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?
Luke 20:20–22 The Jewish leaders kept watching Jesus and sent spies who pretended to be interested in his teaching. They wanted to trap Jesus into saying something they could use against him, so they could arrest and deliver him to the Roman authorities. “Teacher,” the spies said, “we know you are sincere and completely honest. You teach the truth about God’s ways without concern for what people think. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?”
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Matthew 22:15–17 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Mark 12:13–15 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
Luke 20:20–22 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?

Jesus recognized their evil scheming. “You hypocrites. Why are you testing me? Bring me a coin used to pay the tax so I can look at it.”

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Matthew 22:18–19 Jesus recognized their evil scheming. “You hypocrites. Why are you testing me? Bring me a coin used to pay the tax.” They handed him a Roman coin.
Mark 12:15 “Should we pay or not?” Jesus recognized their scheming. “Why are you testing me? Show me a coin used to pay the tax so I can look at it.”
Luke 20:23–24 Jesus recognized their scheming. “Why are you testing me? Show me a coin used to pay the tax. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
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Matthew 22:18–19 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
Luke 20:23–24 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.

They handed him a Roman coin.

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Matthew 22:19 “Bring me a coin used to pay the tax.” They handed him a Roman coin.
Mark 12:16 They handed him a Roman coin. “Whose image and inscription is this?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
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Matthew 22:19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
Mark 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.

“Whose image and inscription is this?”

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Matthew 22:20 “Whose image and inscription is this?”
Mark 12:16 They handed him a Roman coin. “Whose image and inscription is this?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
Luke 20:24 “Show me a coin used to pay the tax. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
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Matthew 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
Mark 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
Luke 20:24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.

“Caesar’s,” they said.

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Matthew 22:21 “Caesar’s,” they said. “Then pay to Caesar what belongs to him, and give God all that is God’s.”
Mark 12:16 They handed him a Roman coin. “Whose image and inscription is this?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
Luke 20:24 “Show me a coin used to pay the tax. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “Caesar’s,” they said.
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Matthew 22:21 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.
Mark 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
Luke 20:24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.

“Then pay to Caesar what belongs to him, and give God all that is God’s.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 22:21 “What do you want?” Jesus asked. “In your glorious Kingdom,” she said, “award the seats of honor on your right and left to my two sons.”
Mark 12:17 “Then pay to Caesar what belongs to him, and give God all that is God’s.” They were amazed at his answer.
Luke 20:25 “Then pay to Caesar what belongs to him, and give God all that is God’s.”
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Matthew 22:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
Luke 20:25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.

His reply gave them nothing to use in accusation before the people. Amazed at his answer, they said no more and walked away.

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Matthew 22:22 Amazed at his answer, they walked away.
Mark 12:17 “Then pay to Caesar what belongs to him, and give God all that is God’s.” They were amazed at his answer.
Luke 20:26 His reply gave them nothing to use in accusation before the people. Amazed at his answer, they said no more.
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Matthew 22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
Luke 20:26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.