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We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

In chapter 22 of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?". It was a trap: answering "no" would place Jesus in opposition to Caesar and the Romans and make way for his prosecution by them; answering "yes" would be used by the Pharisees to turn away from him those devout Jews who despised Roman governance over the land of Israel.