Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
He knew they were laying for him and said,
"Show me a coin. Now, this engraving, who does it look like and what does it say?"
"Caesar," they said. Jesus said, "Then give Caesar what is his and give God what is his."
Try as they might, they couldn't trap him into saying anything incriminating. His answer caught them off guard and left them speechless.
Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. They asked,
"Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child.
Well, there once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died childless.
The second married her and died,
then the third, and eventually all seven had their turn, but no child.
After all that, the wife died.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)