1 IN those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for the registration of the whole world.
2 This first registration took place while Cyrenius was Governor of Syria.
3 Everybody went to be registered \'97 each to his own city.
4 Joseph went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary who was betrothed to him, and was with child.
Pilate said to him, "Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?"
Jesus answered, "You would not have any authority over me if it were not given you from above. For this reason he who delivered me to you has a greater sin."
for a great and effective door has been opened to me, and there are many opponents.
Get on good terms with your adversary quickly while you are on the road with him, for fear that he may deliver you to the judge and the judge may deliver you to the officer and you may be cast into prison.
Truly I tell you you will not come out until you pay the last penny."
12 Keep your daily life among the Gentiles honorable, so that, although they talk against you as if you were wrongdoers, they may, from your noble deeds that they see, glorify God on the day of inspection.
13 Be submissive to every human institution for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme,
14 or to governors as those sent by him for the punishment of wrongdoers and the praise of those who do good.
and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and to the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, do not worry how or what you are to speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you are to say.
1 LET every person be obedient to the superior authorities. For there is no authority except from God and the actual authorities have been appointed by God.
2 So he who resists the authority opposes the arrangement of God. Those who resist will bring on themselves condemnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good deeds, but to bad. Do you wish not to fear the authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from it.
4 For he is a servant of God to promote your good. But if you are doing evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword to no purpose. For he is God's servant to inflict his wrath on him who practices evil.
5 Therefore we must be obedient, not only because of the punishment but as a matter of conscience.
6 For this reason also you pay tribute. For they are God's officers attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another. He who loves the other has fulfilled the Law.
17 Tell us therefore what you think. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 But Jesus knew their wickedness and said, "Why are you trying to test me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me a piece of tax money." They brought him a shilling.
20 He asked them, "Whose head is this, and whose inscription?"
21 They said, "Caesar's." He said to them, "Then pay to Caesar what is Caesar's, and pay to God what is God's."
24 After they came to Capernaum, the men who were collecting the Temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the Temple tax?"
25 He said, "Yes." But when he went into the house Jesus spoke first to him and said, "How do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect taxes or tribute, from their own sons or from those who are not?"
26 Upon his saying, "From those who are not," Jesus said to him, "So then the sons are free.
27 But in order that we may not mislead them, go to the lake and throw in a hook and take the first fish that comes up. When you open his mouth you will find a coin. Take that and give it to them for me and yourself.