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Luke: 20
19The lawyers and chief priests wanted to lay hands on him there and then, for they saw that this parable was aimed at them; but they were afraid of the people. 20So they watched their opportunity and sent secret agents in the guise of honest men, to seize upon some word of his as a pretext for handing him over to the authority and jurisdiction of the Governor. 21They put a question to him: 'Master,' they said, 'we know that what you speak and teach is sound; you pay deference to no one, but teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires. 22Are we or are we not permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor?' 23He saw through their trick and said, 'Show me a silver piece. 24Whose head does it bear, and whose inscription?' 'Caesar's', they replied. 25'Very well then,' he said, 'pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' 26Thus their attempt to catch him out in public failed, and, astonished by his reply, they fell silent.

Matthew: 22
15THEN THE PHARISEES went and agreed on a plan to trap him in his own words. 16Some of their followers were sent to him in company with men of Herod's party. They said, 'Master, you are an honest man, we know; you teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires, truckling to no man, whoever he may be. 17Give us your ruling on this: are we or are we not is permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor?' 18Jesus was aware of their malicious intention and said to them, 'You hypocrites! Why are you trying to catch me out? 19Show me the money in which the tax is paid.' They handed him a silver piece. 20Jesus asked, 'Whose head is this, and whose inscription?' 21'Caesar's', they replied. He said to them, 'Then pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' 22This answer took them by surprise, and they went away and left him alone.

Mark: 12
13A NUMBER OF PHARISEES and men of Herod's party were sent to trap him with a question. 14They came and said, 'Master, you are an honest man, we know, and truckle to no man, whoever he may be; you teach in all honesty the way of life that God requires. Are we or are we not permitted to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor? 15Shall we pay or not?' He saw how crafty their question was, and said, 'Why are you trying to catch me out? 16Fetch me a silver piece, and let me look at it.' They brought one, and he said is to them, 'Whose head is this, and whose inscription?' 'Caesar's', they replied. 17Then Jesus said, 'Pay Caesar what is due to Caesar, and pay God what is due to God.' And they heard him with astonishment.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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