Matthew 17:24-27 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Paying the Temple Tax

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma taxa approached Peter and said, "Doesn't your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?" 25 "Yes," he said. When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first,b "What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?" c 26 "From strangers," he said.d "Then the sons are free," Jesus told him. 27 "But, so we won't offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and catch the first fish that comes up. When you open its mouth you'll find a coin. e Take it and give it to them for Me and you."
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