"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and have omitted the weightier matters
of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:
these ought ye to have done, and
not to leave the other undone."
by:
Jesus of Nazareth
(c. 4 BC – c. AD 30/33)
Source:
Holy Bible, Matthew 23:23
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Anything Jesus Christ, the Son of the one true God is worth hearing and the only thing one can trust to be true.
 -- Wanda, Phoenix     
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    Time to chase the Pharisees out of the temple?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Truth is timeless and universal
     -- allen, DC     
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    That covers everything!!
     -- M. Brown, Florida     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    'Scribes' were the lawyers...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Here Jesus is saying one should not only pay their taxes but also obey the laws concerning these other things concerning relationships with their fellow man and woman. Unfortunately many today teach that not paying your taxes is okay also. Pay your taxes and move on to the other wonderful teachings of Jesus.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    I repeat Jesus said "don't leave the other undone" that is the meticulous accounting for your taxes. In those days it was 10% of everything including herbs like mint, anise, and cummin. Jesus used the herb anology in order to be just a little bit facetious about how exacting the Jews were in this regard while neglecting the other things. PS: Read closely Jesus had a sense of humour.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    YEAH HE DID...
     -- M. Brown, Florida     
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    Spoken like a true tax collector, Waffler. Only you could find in Jesus' spiritual revolution the stamp of approval of taxes no matter who imposes them or how.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Does the coin belong to Caesar just because his face is on it? Does your car belong to me if I paint my name on it? The political class will impose unlawful, unjust, merciless, and faithless taxes and expect the sheep to enjoy the shearing.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    "An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." --John Marshall
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    I've heard this verse twice in two days from two different sources! It does show Jesus' sense of humor. It reminds me that I can have faith that He is full of mercy and grace.
     -- Lea H., Waxahachie, TX     
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    Put these next to the Ronald Regan quotes!
     -- L. Hanson, Calgary Canada     
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    The law spoken here by Jesus was the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses originated as our Father's communication of absolutes through a depth of understanding by abstract and otherwise ordering. Carnal man's controlling issues quickly evolved to be included under the umbrella nomenclature — also as a major portion thereof i.e., "The Law of Moses" (NOT of the Lord). The focused group relied on carnal man’s law while totally neglecting Divine law, statutes and commandments.

    Waffler, your whole tax thing screams loudly of who you are. Matthew 22’s history is a great exemplar. Jesus the Christ’s adversaries attempted to trick Him by asking was it lawful to give tribute to Caesar. Caesar at that time was legally, politically, theologically (in all ways) considered a god, the savior, the redeemer and owner of all. Tribute was/is not just a simple tax! ! ! The here referenced tribute was the owned chattels contribution of self (any specie of value, family, etc.) to his owner and god. The response by Jesus was: Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s (if Caesar be your god and owner, render unto him of you that which he owns), - Render unto God, that which is God’s (give to your Father love, honor, etc. and serve Him in sincerity and truth) Such incident brings into full focus Joshua 24:15 “ And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    No man when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candle stick, that they which come in may see the light. Luke 11:33 
    That "good new", message of peace, and gifts unto men, is the Light of Liberty, wherewith Christ hath made us free from the yoke of bondage. Economic liberty, ancient chophshiy liberty, granted to a nations own children. Economic, Physical, Spiritual liberties from oppression and slavery. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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