Luke 20:19-26

19 Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.

God and Caesar

20 They[a] watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous,[b] so they could catch Him in what He said,[c] to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority.
21 They questioned Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You don't show partiality,[d] but teach truthfully the way of God.
22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23 But detecting their craftiness, He said to them,[e]
24 "Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" "Caesar's," they said.
25 "Well then," He told them, "give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
26 They were not able to catch Him in what He said[f] in public,[g] and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.

Luke 20:19-26 In-Context

17 But He looked at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected- this has become the cornerstone ?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder!"
19 Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
20 They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch Him in what He said, to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority.
21 They questioned Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You don't show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God.
22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23 But detecting their craftiness, He said to them,
24 "Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" "Caesar's," they said.
25 "Well then," He told them, "give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
26 They were not able to catch Him in what He said in public, and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up and questioned Him:
28 "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother has a wife, and dies childless, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother.

Footnotes 7

  • [a]. The scribes and chief priests of v. 19
  • [b]. Or upright; that is, loyal to God's law
  • [c]. Lit catch Him in [a] word
  • [d]. Lit You don't receive a face
  • [e]. Other mss add "Why are you testing Me?
  • [f]. Lit catch Him in [a] word
  • [g]. Lit in front of the people