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Mark 12:13–17

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Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

12:13–17pp—Mt 22:15–22; Lk 20:20–26

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodiansc to Jesus to catch himd in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial taxb to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”e

And they were amazed at him.

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A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens

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