New American Standard Bible
"Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?"
King James Bible
Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Darby Bible Translation
tell us therefore what thou thinkest: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
World English Bible
Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
Young's Literal Translation
tell us, therefore, what dost thou think? is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar? - Tribute was the tax paid to the Roman government.
Caesar - The Roman emperor.
The name Caesar, after the time of Julius Caesar, became common to all the emperors, as Pharaoh was the common name of all the kings of Egypt. The "Caesar" who reigned at this time was Tiberius - a man distinguished for the grossest vices and most disgusting and debasing sensuality.
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He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?"
But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
"Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
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