Mark 12:14
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New International Version
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?

New Living Translation
"Teacher," they said, "we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don't play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us--is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?

English Standard Version
And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?”

Berean Study Bible
"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?"

Berean Literal Bible
And having come, they say to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and to You there is no care about any one; for You do not look on the appearance of men, but teach the way of God on the basis of the truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? Should we pay or not pay?"

New American Standard Bible
They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?

King James Bible
And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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?

International Standard Version
They came and told him, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere. You don't favor any individual, because you pay no attention to external appearance. Rather, you teach the way of God truthfully. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or shouldn't we?"

NET Bible
When they came they said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone's favor, because you show no partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn't we?"

New Heart English Bible
When they had come, they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are honest, and do not defer to anyone; for you are not partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But those came and asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and that you are not motivated by care for any man, for you do not regard the person of the sons of men, but you teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give head tax to Caesar or not? Should we give or should we not give?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they came to him, they said, "Teacher, we know that you tell the truth. You don't favor individuals because of who they are. Rather, you teach the way of God truthfully. Is it right to pay taxes to the emperor or not? Should we pay taxes or not?"

New American Standard 1977
And they came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art a man of truth who regards no man; for thou dost not look upon the appearance of men, but dost with truth teach the way of God; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?

King James 2000 Bible
And when they were come, they said unto him, Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man: for you regard not the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

American King James Version
And when they were come, they say to him, Master, we know that you are true, and care for no man: for you regard not the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

American Standard Version
And when they were come, they say unto him, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one; for thou regardest not the person of men, but of a truth teachest the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who coming, say to him: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and carest not for any man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar; or shall we not give it?

Darby Bible Translation
And they come and say to him, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one; for thou regardest not men's person, but teachest the way of God with truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?

English Revised Version
And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of men, but of a truth teachest the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they had come, they say to him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not?

Weymouth New Testament
So they came to Him. "Rabbi," they said, "we know that you are a truthful man and you do not fear any one; for you do not recognize human distinctions, but teach God's way truly. Is it allowable to pay poll-tax to Caesar, or not?

World English Bible
When they had come, they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are honest, and don't defer to anyone; for you aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

Young's Literal Translation
and they having come, say to him, 'Teacher, we have known that thou art true, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look to the face of men, but in truth the way of God dost teach; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? may we give, or may we not give?'
Study Bible
Paying Taxes to Caesar
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?” 15But Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to inspect.”…
Cross References
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.

Matthew 22:17
So tell us what You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

Mark 12:13
Later, they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to catch Jesus in His words.

Mark 12:15
But Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to inspect."
Treasury of Scripture

And when they were come, they say to him, Master, we know that you are true, and care for no man: for you regard not the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Master.

Mark 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goes straightway to him, and said, …

Psalm 12:2-4 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

Proverbs 26:23-26 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross…

Jeremiah 42:2,3,20 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech you, our supplication …

we know.

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks …

2 Corinthians 2:2,17 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that makes me glad, but the …

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

carest.

Deuteronomy 33:9,10 Who said to his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither …

2 Chronicles 18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD lives, even what my God said, that will I speak.

Isaiah 50:7-9 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: …

Jeremiah 15:19-21 Therefore thus said the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you …

Ezekiel 2:6,7 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Galatians 2:6,11-14 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatever they were, it makes …

for thou.

Exodus 23:2-6 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

is it.

Ezra 4:12,13 Be it known to the king, that the Jews which came up from you to …

Nehemiah 9:37 And it yields much increase to the kings whom you have set over us …

Matthew 17:25-27 He said, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented …

Matthew 22:17 Tell us therefore, What think you? Is it lawful to give tribute to …

Luke 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or no?

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, …

(14) Thou regardest not the person of men.--The phrase is essentially Hebrew in its form, but had been made familiar by the Greek Version of the Old Testament.

And when they were come,.... Unto Jesus in the temple:

they said unto him, master; they saluted him in like manner, as they did their doctors and Rabbins, calling him "Rabbi", though they were not his disciples; but one part of them were the disciples of the Pharisees, and the other had Herod for their master;

we know that thou art true; an honest, sincere, and upright man,

and carest for no man, for thou regardest not the person of men; no, not Caesar himself;

but teachest the way of God in truth; instructest men in the word, will, and worship of God, with all integrity and faithfulness; answer therefore this question,

is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? The Syriac and Persic versions read, "head money"; and so it is read in Beza's most ancient copy; a tax that was levied on the heads of families; or on every particular head in a family; See Gill on Matthew 22:16, Matthew 22:17. 14. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master—Teacher.

we know that thou art true, and carest for no man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth—By such flattery—though they said only the truth—they hoped to throw Him off His guard.

Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not?—It was the civil poll tax paid by all enrolled in the "census." See on [1483]Mt 17:25.12:13-17 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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