“John said to them.
‘Collect no more
Than the amount
Prescribed for you!’”
ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς Μηδὲν πλέον παρὰ τὸ διατεταγμένον ὑμῖν πράσσετε.
Luke had John respond to these tax collectors with another unique saying. Only Luke said that John told the tax collectors (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς) that they were to collect no more than the amount prescribed for them (Μηδὲν πλέον παρὰ τὸ διατεταγμένον ὑμῖν πράσσετε). John simply wanted them to do their job. Apparently, many of these tax collectors would overcharge people and keep the difference. Everyone was aware of this somewhat common corrupt practice. John seemed to call for honesty and justice among these Jewish Roman tax collectors.