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Matthew: 22
15 THEN THE PHARISEES went and agreed on a plan to trap him in his own words. 16 Some of their followers were sent to him in company with men of Herod's party. They said, 'Master, you are an honest man, we know; you teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires, truckling to no man, whoever he may be. 17 Give us your ruling on this: are we or are we not is permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor?' 18 Jesus was aware of their malicious intention and said to them, 'You hypocrites! Why are you trying to catch me out? 19 Show me the money in which the tax is paid.' They handed him a silver piece. 20 Jesus asked, 'Whose head is this, and whose inscription?' 21 'Caesar's', they replied. He said to them, 'Then pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' 22 This answer took them by surprise, and they went away and left him alone.
Mark: 12
13 A NUMBER OF PHARISEES and men of Herod's party were sent to trap him with a question. 14 They came and said, 'Master, you are an honest man, we know, and truckle to no man, whoever he may be; you teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires. Are we or are we not permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor? 15 Shall we pay or not?' He saw how crafty their question was, and said, 'Why are you trying to catch me out? 16 Fetch me a silver piece, and let me look at it.' They brought one, and he said is to them, 'Whose head is this, and whose inscription?' 'Caesar's', they replied. 17 Then Jesus said, 'Pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' And they heard him with astonishment.
Luke: 20
20 So they watched their opportunity and sent secret agents in the guise of honest men, to seize upon some word of his as a pretext for handing him over to the authority and jurisdiction of the Governor. 21 They put a question to him: 'Master,' they said, 'we know that what you speak and teach is sound; you pay deference to no one, but teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires. 22 Are we or are we not permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor?' 23 He saw through their trick and said, 'Show me a silver piece. 24 Whose head does it bear, and whose inscription?' 'Caesar's', they replied. 25 'Very well then,' he said, 'pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' 26 Thus their attempt to catch him out in public failed, and, astonished by his reply, they fell silent.

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