Chapter 128: The question of Caesar's army

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1 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

2 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no dead man: for thou regardest not the body to be the man, but teachest the way of life in truth: 3 Is it lawful to join the army of Caesar, or not? 4 Shall we join, or shall we not join?

5 But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

6 And they brought it. And seeing Caesar's image he saith unto them, This image and superscription; do they live?

7 And they said unto him, They do not.

8 And Jesus answering said unto them, Send to the unliving the things that are unliving, and to the living the things that are alive.

9 And they marvelled at him.