They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so that they could catch him in what he said, to hand him over to the governor’s rule and authority. They questioned him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and you don’t show partiality but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But detecting their craftiness, he said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”
“Caesar’s,” they said.
“Well then,” he told them, “give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
They were not able to catch him in what he said in public, and being amazed at his answer, they became silent.