Matthew 17:24-27

The Temple Tax

24 1When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of 2the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the tax?"
25 He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, 3"What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or 4tax? From their sons or from others?"
26 And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free.
27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.[a] Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself."

Cross References 4

  • 1. Mark 9:33
  • 2. Exodus 30:13; Exodus 38:26
  • 3. Matthew 18:12; Matthew 21:28
  • 4. Matthew 22:17, 19; Mark 12:14; Romans 13:7

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Greek stater, a silver coin worth four drachmas or approximately one shekel
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