New International Version
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
King James Bible
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Darby Bible Translation
For on this account ye pay tribute also; for they are God's officers, attending continually on this very thing.
World English Bible
For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God's service, attending continually on this very thing.
Young's Literal Translation
for because of this also pay ye tribute; for servants of God they are, on this very thing attending continually;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For this cause pay ye tribute also - Because civil government is an order of God, and the ministers of state must be at considerable expense in providing for the safety and defense of the community, it is necessary that those in whose behalf these expenses are incurred should defray that expense; and hence nothing can be more reasonable than an impartial and moderate taxation, by which the expenses of the state may be defrayed, and the various officers, whether civil or military, who are employed for the service of the public, be adequately remunerated. All this is just and right, but there is no insinuation in the apostle's words in behalf of an extravagant and oppressive taxation, for the support of unprincipled and unnecessary wars; or the pensioning of corrupt or useless men. The taxes are to be paid for the support of those who are God's ministers - the necessary civil officers, from the king downwards, who are attending Continually on this very thing. And let the reader observe, that by God's ministers are not meant here the ministers of religion, but the civil officers in all departments of the state.
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Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
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