English Standard Version
For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
King James Bible
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
American Standard Version
For this cause ye pay tribute also; for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually upon this very thing.
For therefore also you pay tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose.
English Revised Version
For for this cause ye pay tribute also; for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually upon this very thing.
Webster's Bible Translation
For, for this cause ye pay tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Weymouth New Testament
Why, this is really the reason you pay taxes; for tax-gatherers are ministers of God, devoting their energies to this very work.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Pay ye tribute (φόρους τελεῖτε)
Τελεῖτε ye pay is, literally, ye accomplish or fulfill carrying the sense of the fulfillment of an obligation. Φόρους tribute is from φέρω to bring something brought. Rev. makes the verb indicative, ye pay.
God's ministers (λειτουργοὶ Θεοῦ)
See on ministration, Luke 1:23, and see on ministered, Acts 13:2. In Romans 13:4, διάκονος is used for minister. The word here brings out more fully the fact that the ruler, like the priest, discharges a divinely ordained service. Government is thus elevated into the sphere of religion. Hence Rev., ministers of God's service.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
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