Mark 12:13
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New International Version
Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.

New Living Translation
Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.

English Standard Version
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.

Berean Study Bible
Later, they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to catch Jesus in His words.

Berean Literal Bible
And they send some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him, that they might catch Him in discourse.

New American Standard Bible
Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement.

King James Bible
And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.

International Standard Version
Then they sent some Pharisees and some Herodians to him, intending to trap him in what he said.

NET Bible
Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to trap him with his own words.

New Heart English Bible
They sent some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to him, that they might trap him with words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they sent men to him from the Scribes and from the followers of Herodus to trap him in his words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The leaders sent some of the Pharisees and some of Herod's followers to Jesus. They wanted to trap him into saying the wrong thing.

New American Standard 1977
And they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him, in order to trap Him in a statement.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to catch him in his words.

King James 2000 Bible
And they sent unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

American King James Version
And they send to him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

American Standard Version
And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians; that they should catch him in his words.

Darby Bible Translation
And they send to him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in speaking.

English Revised Version
And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they sent to him certain of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

Weymouth New Testament
Their next step was to send to Him some of the Pharisees and of Herod's partisans to entrap Him in conversation.

World English Bible
They sent some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to him, that they might trap him with words.

Young's Literal Translation
and they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they may ensnare him in discourse,
Study Bible
Paying Taxes to Caesar
12At this, the leaders sought to arrest Jesus, for they knew that He had spoken this parable against them. But fearing the crowd, they left Him and went away. 13Later, they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to catch Jesus in His words. 14“Teacher,” they said, “we know that You are honest and are swayed by no one. Indeed, You are impartial and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Now then, is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?”…
Cross References
Matthew 22:15
Then the Pharisees went out and plotted to trap Jesus in His words.

Matthew 22:16
They sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know that You are honest and that You teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You defer to no one, because You pay no attention to external appearance.

Mark 3:6
At this, the Pharisees went out and plotted with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Mark 12:14
"Teacher," they said, "we know that You are honest and are swayed by no one. Indeed, You are impartial and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Now then, is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?"

Luke 11:54
waiting to catch Him in something He might say.

Luke 20:20
So they watched Him closely and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. They were hoping to catch Him in His words in order to hand Him over to the rule and authority of the governor.
Treasury of Scripture

And they send to him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

they send.

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 56:5,6 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil…

Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a …

Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that …

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Matthew 22:15,16 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, …

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

Herodians.

Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the …

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the …

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the …

(13) They send unto him.--In Matthew the Pharisees are said to have "taken counsel," or "held a council," and then to have sent their disciples. Here the act appears more definitely as the result of a coalition of the two parties named. On the narrative as a whole, see Notes on Matthew 20:15-22.

To catch.--Better, to entrap.

Verses 13, 14. - St. Matthew (Matthew 22:15) tells us that "the Pharisees took counsel how they might ensnare him (ὅπως αὐτὸν παγιδεύσωσιν) in his talk;" namely, by proposing to him captious and insidious questions, which, in whatever way he might answer them, might expose him to danger. On this occasion they enlisted the Heredians to join them in their attack upon him. These Herodians were a sect of the Jews who supported the house of Herod, and were in favor of giving tribute to the Roman Caesar. They were so called at first from Herod the Great, who was a great supporter of Caesar. Tertullian, St. Jerome, and others say that these Herodiaus thought that Herod was the promised Messiah, because they saw that in him the scepter had departed from Judah (Genesis 49:10). Herod encouraged these flatterers, and so put to death the infants at Bethlehem, that he might thus get rid of Christ, lest any other than himself might be regarded as Christ. They said at it was on this account that he rebuilt the temple with so much magnificence. The Pharisees took, of course, altogether the other side, and stood forward as the supporters of the Law of Moses and of their national freedom. So, in order that they might ensnare him, they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians, and in the most artful manner proposed to him, apparently in good faith, a question which answer it how he might, would, as they hoped, throw him upon the horns of a dilemma. If he said that tribute ought to be given to Caesar, he would expose himself to the malice of the Jewish people, who prided themselves upon their freedom. If, on the other hand, he said that tribute ought not to be given to Caesar, he would incur the wrath of Caesar and of the Roman power. And they send unto him,.... That is, the chief priests, Scribes, and elders, who had been with Jesus in the temple, and were silenced by his reasonings, and provoked by his parables; and therefore left him, and went together to consult what methods they should take to get him into their hands, and be revenged on him; the result of which was, they send to him

certain of the Pharisees. The Syriac and Persic versions read "Scribes", who were the more skillful and learned part of that body of men, and scrupled paying tribute to Caesar, he being an Heathen prince, and they the Lord's free people:

and of the Herodians; who were, as the Syriac and Persic versions read, "of the household of Herod"; his servants and courtiers, and consequently in the interest of Caesar, under whom Herod held his government, and must be for paying tribute to him: these two parties of such different sentiments, they sent to him,

to catch him in his words; or "in word", or discourse; either with their word, the question they should put to him, or with his word, the answer he should return: and so the Ethiopic version supplies it, reading it, "with his own word"; they thought they should unavoidably catch him, one way or other; just as a prey is hunted, and taken in a net or snare, as the word used signifies: for if he declared against giving tribute to Caesar, the Herodians would have whereof to accuse him, and the Pharisees would be witnesses against him; and if he should be for it, the latter would expose him among the people, as an enemy to their civil liberties, and one that was for subjecting them to the Roman yoke, and consequently could not be the Messiah and deliverer they expected; See Gill on Matthew 22:16. Mr 12:13-40. Entangling Questions about Tribute the Resurrection, and the Great Commandment, with the Replies—Christ Baffles the Pharisees by a Question about David, and Denounces the Scribes. ( = Mt 22:15-46; Lu 20:20-47).

The time of this section appears to be still the third day (Tuesday) of Christ's last week. Matthew introduces the subject by saying (Mt 22:15), "Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk."

13. And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees—"their disciples," says Matthew (Mt 22:16); probably young and zealous scholars in that hardening school.

and of the Herodians—(See on [1482]Mt 12:14). In Lu 20:20 these willing tools are called "spies, which should feign themselves just [righteous] men, that they might take hold of His words, that so they might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the governor." Their plan, then, was to entrap Him into some expression which might be construed into disaffection to the Roman government; the Pharisees themselves being notoriously discontented with the Roman yoke.

Tribute to Cæsar (Mr 12:14-17).12:13-17 The enemies of Christ would be thought desirous to know their duty, when really they hoped that which soever side he took of the question, they might find occasion to accuse him. Nothing is more likely to insnare the followers of Christ, than bringing them to meddle with disputes about worldly politics. Jesus avoided the snare, by referring to the submission they had already made as a nation; and all that heard him, marvelled at the great wisdom of his answer. Many will praise the words of a sermon, who will not be commanded by the doctrines of it.
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