1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of all the world.
2 This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, 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, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
Pilate said to him, »You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?«
Jesus answered, »You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin.«
for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him to court, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.
Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the supreme authority,
or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore he who resists the authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will have praise from him.
4 For he is God's servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is Gods servant, an avenger to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
6 For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God's ministers, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay all of them their dues: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
17 Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?«
18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, »Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the money for the tax.« And they brought him a denarius.
20 And he said to them, »Whose image and inscription is this?«
21 They said, »Caesars.« Then he said to them, »Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are Gods.«
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, »Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?«
25 He said, »Yes.« And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, »What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from others?«
26 And when Peter said, »From others,« Jesus said to him, »Then the sons are free.
27 Nevertheless, so that we may not offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you open its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for me and you.«