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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Matthew 22:15–22

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Tribute to Caesar

15 aThen the Pharisees went and 1plotted together how they might trap Him 2in what He said.

16 And they * sent their disciples to Him, along with the aHerodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and 1defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.

17 “Tell us then, what do You think? Is it 1lawful to give a apoll-tax to bCaesar, or not?”

18 But Jesus perceived their 1malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?

19 “Show Me the acoin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a 1denarius.

20 And He * said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”

21 They * said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He * said to them, aThen render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and aleaving Him, they went away.

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Lit took counsel

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Lit in word

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A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.

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Lit it is not a concern to You about anyone; i.e. You do not seek anyone’s favor

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Or permissible

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Or wickedness

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The denarius was a day’s wages

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