Render Unto Caesar: What Does Luke 20:25 Mean?


Luke 20:25, “And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationLuke 20:25
ESVHe said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
NASBAnd He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
NIVHe said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
NLT“Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

Render Unto Caesar: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

20:20-26 Those who are most crafty in their designs against Christ and his gospel, cannot hide them. He did not give a direct answer, but reproved them for offering to impose upon him; and they could not fasten upon any thing wherewith to stir up either the governor or the people against him.

The wisdom which is from above, will direct all who teach the way of God truly, to avoid the snares laid for them by wicked men; and will teach our duty to God, to our rulers, and to all men, so clearly, that opposers will have no evil to say of us.

Luke 20:25 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. things which be Cæsar’s—Putting it in this general form, it was impossible for sedition itself to dispute it, and yet it dissolved the snare.

and unto God—How much there is in this profound but to them startling addition to the maxim, and how incomparable is the whole for fulness, brevity, clearness, weight!

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