1 Now it came to pass, in those days, that there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus, for all the inhabited earth to be enrolled:
2 this enrolment, first was made while Cyrenius was governor of Syria:
3 and all were journeying to be enrolled, each one unto his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of a city Nazareth, into Judaea, into the city of David which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and family of David:
5 to enrol himself with Mary who was betrothed to him, she being with child.
Pilate, therefore, saith unto himUnto me, dost thou not speak? Knowest thou not, that, authority, have I to release thee, and, authority, have I to crucify thee?
Jesus answered himThou couldst have had no authority against me, at all, if it had not been given unto thee from above. Therefore, he that delivered me unto thee, hath, greater sin.
For, a door, unto me, hath opened, great and effectual, and, opposers, are many.
Be making agreement with thine adversary, quickly, while thou art with him, in the way,lest once thine adversary deliver thee up unto the judge, and the judge, unto the officer, and, into prison, thou be cast.
Verily, I say unto thee, In nowise, mayest thou come out from thence, until thou pay the last halfpenny.
12 Having, your behaviour among the nations, honourable,in order that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may, owing to the honourable works they are permitted to behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves unto every human creation, for the Lords sake,whether unto a king, as one that protecteth,
14 Or unto governors, as, through him, sentfor vengeance on evil-doers, but praise to such as do good;
And, before both governor and kings, shall ye be brought, for my sakefor a witness to them and the nations.
And, when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak,for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak;
Lo! nations, Are us a drop on a bucket, And as fine dust on a balance, are accounted,Lo! islands, like an atom, can he hoist;
All nations, are as nothing before him,A thing of nought or a waste, are they accounted unto him?
1 Let, every soul, unto protecting authorities be in subjection; for there is no authority save by God, and, they that are in being, have by God been arranged,
2 So that, he who rangeth himself against the authority, against the arrangement of God opposeth himself, and, they who oppose, shall unto themselves a sentence of judgment receive.
3 For, they who bear rule, are not a terror unto the good work but unto the evil. Wouldst thou not be afraid of the authority? That which is good, be thou doing, and thou shall have praise of the same;
4 For, Gods minister, is he unto thee for that which is good. But, if, that which is evil, thou be doing, be afraid! For, not in vain, the sword he beareth; for, Gods minister, he is,an avenger, unto anger, to him who practiseth what is evil.
5 Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection,not only because of the anger, but also because of the conscience;
6 For, because of this, are ye paying tribute also,for, Gods ministers of state, they are, unto this very thing, giving constant attendance.
7 Render unto all their dues,unto whom tribute, tribute, unto whom tax, tax, unto whom fear, fear, unto whom honour, honour.
Nothing to any, be owingsave to be loving one another; for, he that loveth his neighbour, hath given to, law, its fulfillment.
17 Tell us then, how, to thee, it seemeth? Is it allowable to give tax unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus, taking note of their wickedness, saidWhy are ye tempting me, hypocrites?
19 Shew me the coin appointed for the tax. And, they, brought unto him a denary.
20 And he saith unto themWhose, is this image and the inscription?
21 They sayCaesars. Then, saith he unto themRender, therefore, the things of Caesar, unto Caesar,and, the things of God, unto God.
24 And, when they came into Capernaum, they who, the half shekel, were receiving, came near unto Peter, and said, Your teacher, doth he not pay the half shekel?
25 He saithYea. And, coming into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, How, to thee, doth it seem, Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom receive they dues or tax? from their sons, or from the aliens?
26 And, when he said, From the aliens, Jesus said unto him, Well then, free, are the sons!
27 But, that we may not cause them to stumble, go unto the sea, and cast in a hook, and, the first fish that cometh up, take, and, opening its mouth, thou shalt find a shekel,that, take, and give to them for me and thee.