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Geneva Notes on Matthew 17:22-27

Mt 17:22
17:22 {5} And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them,
The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

(5) Our minds must be prepared more and more for the offence of
the cross.

Mt 17:24
17:24 {6} And when they were come to Capernaum, they that
received tribute [money] came to Peter, and said, Doth {i}
not your master {k} pay {l} tribute?

(6) In that Christ willingly obeys Caesar's edicts, he shows
that civil policy is not taken away by the Gospel.
(i) He does not deny, but he asks.
(k) Should he not pay?
(l) They that were from twenty years of age to fifty, paid
half a shekel to the Sanctuary, Ex 30:13. This
was an Attic didrachma which the Roman exacted after
they had subdued Judea.

Mt 17:25
17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus
prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom
do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their
own {m} children, or of strangers?

(m) By children we must not understand subjects who pay
tribute, but natural children.

Mt 17:27
17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to
the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first
cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt
find a {n} piece of money: that take, and give unto them
for me and thee.

(n) The word used here is "stater", which is in value
four didrachmas; every drachma is about five pence.

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