Matthew 22:17

“Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Tell vs therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawfull to giue tribute vnto Cesar, or not?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Give us, then, your opinion of this: Is it right to give tax to Caesar, or not?
- Basic English Bible

tell us therefore what thou thinkest: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
- Darby Bible

Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not?
- Webster's Bible

Give us your judgement therefore: is it allowable for us to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?"
- Weymouth Bible

Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
- World English Bible

Therfor seie to vs, what it seemeth to thee. Is it leueful that tribute be youun to the emperoure, ether nay?
- Wycliffe Bible

tell us, therefore, what dost thou think? is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 22:17


22:17 Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar? - If he had said, Yes, the Pharisees would have accused him to the people, as a betrayer of the liberties of his country. If he had said, No, the Herodians would have accused him to the Roman governor.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 22:17


Mt 22:17 Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, nor not? To the Roman emperor, who had subjected Judea. If he had said "no", they expected to denounce him to the Roman governor as teaching sedition. If he had said "yes", they expected it would destroy his influence, as the people hated the Romans and the tribute.

Discussion for Matthew 22

  • C
    Vs24-34 The Sadducees try to make Jesus look foolish by citing an incongrous situation arising in the Resurrection. Jesus shows this situation would not happen in the Resurrection because "they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven". He then further verifies the Resurrection with more scripture. You'd think this would make the Pharisees happy but....
  • A disciple
    The "foolishness of preaching" WHAT? The cross of Christ! It is foolishness to the "wise" of the world, and weakness to the "mighty" and proud of the world; but to us who are saved; both Jews and Gentiles, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. And it cannot be by anything but the Word that the Spirit convicts men to repent and believe in Jesus: NOT by human wisdom, but by the Spirit!
  • Bruce
    disciple:For the Preaching of The Cross is to them that perish Foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.it pleased God by The Foolishness of Preaching to Save them that Believe. 1Corinthians1:18-21 People We need to Study His Word,for False teachers will speak evil of The Way of Truth. 2Peter 2:1-2.
  • A disciple
    Steve; All we have to do is walk in truth in Christ, and the light in us will antagonize those who hate the light. They will lie against us, and work against us from out of the Churches; because they know not the Father nor Jesus. They will call us proud and accuse us of every evil thing; while they themselves are still sinning and in gross doctrinal error, that NO ONE can snap them out of it.
  • A disciple
    Faith comes by hearing THE WORD OF GOD! This "tug on your heart" is such a watered down and misrepresenting of the truth! The Holy Spirit CONVICTS men of their sins, because we are unfit for God's presence until we are reconciled, washed and cleansed, and made new men in Christ; BY THE WORD OF GOD, not man's words; and certainly not by the easy kind of spurious OTHER Gospel, which is taught today!
  • Bruce
    disciple: I said a lost person doesn't need to know one Word of The Bible to be Saved. Are you saying they need to be a Bible Scholar? The lost come to Christ by The Foolishness of Preaching. The Holy Spirit will tug on Their Heart. Not Knowing One Word of The Bible They can ask Forgiveness. Is He Tugging on Your Heart?

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