Mark 12:13-14

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?

Mark 12:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
ESV
13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.
NLT
13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
MSG
13 They sent some Pharisees and followers of Herod to bait him, hoping to catch him saying something incriminating.
CSB
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.

Mark 12:13-14 In-Context

11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?
15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 22:16; Mark 3:6
  • 2. S Matthew 12:10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
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