Mark 12:13-17

God and Caesar

13 Then they[a] sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.[b]
14 When they came, they said to Him, "Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don't show partiality[c] but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
15 Should we pay, or should we not pay?" But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at."
16 So they brought one. "Whose image and inscription is this?" He asked them. "Caesar's," they said.
17 Then Jesus told them, "Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.

Mark 12:13-17 In-Context

11 This came from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes ?"
12 Because they knew He had said this parable against them, they were looking for a way to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowd. So they left Him and went away.
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.
14 When they came, they said to Him, "Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don't show partiality but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
15 Should we pay, or should we not pay?" But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at."
16 So they brought one. "Whose image and inscription is this?" He asked them. "Caesar's," they said.
17 Then Jesus told them, "Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.
18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and questioned Him:
19 "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies , leaves his wife behind, and leaves no child, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother.

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Mk 11:27
  • [b]. Lit trap Him in (a) word
  • [c]. Lit don't look on the face of men; that is, on the outward appearance