Craftiness » Instances of » Jews, in seeking to entangle the master
Then they sent some Pharisees and some Herodians to him, intending to trap him in what he said.
Then the Pharisees went and planned how to trap Jesus in conversation. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. They said, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere and that you teach the way of God truthfully. You don't favor any individual, because you pay no attention to external appearance. So tell us what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
"Teacher, Moses said, "If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for his brother.' Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother. The same thing happened with the second brother, and then the third, and finally with the rest of the brothers. read more.
Finally, the woman died, too. Now in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be, since all of them had married her?"
While they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "I tell all of you with certainty, one of you is going to betray me, one who is eating with me." They began to be very sad and asked him, one after the other, "Surely I am not the one, am I?" He told them, "It's one of you Twelve, the one who is dipping his bread into the bowl with me. read more.
For the Son of Man is going away, just as it has been written about him, but how terrible it will be for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him if he had never been born." While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and handed it to them, saying, "Take some. This is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
When the scribes and the high priests realized that Jesus had told this parable about them, they wanted to arrest him right then, but they were afraid of the crowd. So they watched him closely and sent spies who pretended to be honest men in order to trap him in what he would say. They wanted to hand him over to the jurisdiction of the governor, so they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you're right in what you say and teach, and that you don't favor any individual, but teach the way of God truthfully. read more.
Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But he discerned their craftiness and responded to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose face and name does it have?" "Caesar's," they replied. So he told them, "Then give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." So they couldn't catch him before the people in what he said. Amazed at his answer, they became silent.