Taxes

Matthew 22:15-22  Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.  (16)  And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.  (17)  Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”  (18)  But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?  (19)  Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.  (20)  And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”  (21)  They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”  (22)  When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Mark 12:13-17  And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.  (14)  And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?”  (15)  But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”  (16)  And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.”  (17)  Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him.

Luke 20:19-26  The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.  (20)  So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.  (21)  So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.  (22)  Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”  (23)  But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them,  (24)  “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.”  (25)  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”  (26)  And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.