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Just weights - Is this Real Money. The real bondage of Tribute is the result of a combination of practices including sloth and coveting what was your neighbors.
“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)

How is it that you are under tribute?

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” —Johann W. Von Goethe

Another reason is that Citizens of the United States do not own freehold title in land. They have, at best, a mere legal title. A “legal title” is only an “apparent right of ownership and possession, but which carries no beneficial interest in the property, another person being equitably entitled thereto; in either case, the antithesis of ‘equitable title.’[1]

To put it more simply, people work all their lives to obtain a legal title which does not include the right to the, “Profit, benefit, or advantage resulting from a contract, or the ownership of an estate...”[2] They have just paid for the right to rent the land they live on, the use of which is highly regulated.

Their ownership is not by the virtue and endowment of God to dress and keep but is by the “virtue of Government”. As a mere user, a United States citizens, they must pay a use tax if they wish to keep “the right to use and enjoy property according to one’s own liking or so as to derive a profit or benefit from it…[3] Fail to pay and you will be evicted. Fail to comply and you will be fined. Fail to bow and you will be punished. To call our selves free makes a mockery of those sacrificed that we might be free.

This tax is called tribute. Tribute is, “A sum of money paid by an inferior sovereign or state to a superior potentate, to secure the friendship or protection of the latter.”[4]

“Excise (tribute), in its origin, is the patrimonial right of emperors and kings.”[5]

The patrimonial rights of these rulers to collect tribute is the result of those institutions taking the natural responsibilities of fathers where as they become the fathers of the earth.

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” (Proverbs 12:24)

If you owe Caesar you must pay Caesar, but have the honesty, courage and diligence to ask and seek the whole truth in righteousness as to why ye are subject to his ordinances and tribute?

“Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

A Freeman[6] had and is defined as someone who had a free hold title in land. In colonial America, “The ordinary citizen, living on his farm, owned in fee-simple, untroubled by any relics of Feudalism, untaxed save by himself, saying his say to all the world in townmeetings, had gained a new self-reliance. Wrestling with his soul and plow on week days, and the innumerable points of the minister’s sermon on Sundays and meeting days, he was becoming a tough nut for any imperial system to crack.”[7]

It was for these reasons and their fierce self reliance and independence that the Freemen of America were able to lawfully sign the Declaration of Independence claiming an unwarranted usurpation by the king. These Freemen were still a minority in America, today they are almost none existent.

“Liber homo. A free man; a freeman lawfully competent to act as juror.[8] An allodial proprietor, as distinguished from a vassal or feudatory.”[9]

They understood that the King was revolting against the terms of the Charters and the natural rights they had obtained through their own sweat and blood. Men earned a free status by taking responsibility for themselves and earning the beneficial use of their own land and property by paying for it with the substance of their own being.

It was the propertied class and those who hoped to be Freemen someday who sought a righteous independence from unlawful usurping tyranny. These few but freedom loving Americans who were risking all so that they and their children might remain free were not rebels, but revolutionaries, and had been so since they first stepped foot in this new world.

Those who sought to be free souls under God, accepted the responsibilities coeval with those endowed rights. As usual most of the people were lukewarm on the subject. Over fifty thousand Americans joined the British to fight against those Americans seeking independence from the Crown's abuses of their well earned liberty.

These freeholders were not “contending that our rabble, or all unqualified persons, shall have the right of voting, or not be taxed; but that the freeholders and electors, whose right accrues to them from the common law, or from charter, shall not be deprived of that right.”[10]

Citizenship “in the United States” has become “a political obligation depending not on ownership of land, but on the enjoyment of the protection of government; and it ‘binds the citizen to the observance of all laws’ of his sovereign.”[11]

The citizen does not own the “beneficial use” of his property. If the use tax, tribute, for the property is not paid annually, the one who has the “legal title” can be punished with impunity by that civil power. The property can be taken from him and given to someone who will pay. The Lawgivers must assign magistrates and pass appropriate laws to govern and control the enfranchised polis.

This is a far cry from statements of the courts back in 1829 which said things like “People of a state are entitled to all rights which formerly belonged to the king by his prerogative.”[12] Or declarations of the court in 1793 which state, “In one sense, the term ‘sovereign’ has for its correlative ‘subject.’ In this sense, the term can receive no application; for it has no object in the [Original] Constitution of the United States. Under that Constitution there are citizens, but no subjects.”[13]

What has happened to turn the world upside down and make the government sovereign and the people subject? This shift in society in relationship to its government seems to make the gains of that revolutionary conflict and the prior struggles and sacrifice little more than a failed enterprise.

We have rested far to long on the laurels of men, long dead, who once secured God given rights for themselves and their posterity. Their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness required a virtuous society composed of “minutemen” in word and deed, willing to pay the ultimate price for their sons, daughters and even their neighbors' freedom. Our modern pursuit of personal happiness has involved; not a virtuous heart but a visa mentality; not minutemen of service and sacrifice, but a government of benefits and entitlements at the expense of our neighbor; not a society willing to pay the price of liberty for all, but a monetary systems of indebtedness at the expense of our children.

Why have the people gone from sovereigns to subjects?

Plato’s Republic was decidedly different from other Republics. A pure Republic is a threat to the ruling elite of the world. Functioning within the perfect law of liberty it cannot be taught in schools.

In ancient times and these, there has always been another group of inspired philosophers who preached a different kind of government. Unlike Plato’s Republic, there was a system preached where people were “free from things public”, Libera Res Publica.

In such systems, there was no central government ruling over the people and making laws for them and forcing them to pay tribute or labor for an administration who ruled rather than served. There were leaders who served, but no ruling elite. Such noble men were titular in their office.

Republic: “A state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens… A state or nation with a president as its titular head; distinguished from monarchy.”[14]

Titular is defined as, “existing in title or name only; nominal…” In a pure republic, the leaders do not exercise authority by making laws and extracting tribute and should not be confused with an indirect democracy, whereby the majority of the leaders can take away the rights of the people with an exercising authority.

In such a pure republic where the people remained free, they also trained their children in their ways so that, when they were older, they would not depart from them. On the other hand, the rulers of the world trained the children of the state for their own purposes.

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;” (De 4:9)

They also taught that ‘every man should possess the land’[15] and live under ‘the perfect law of liberty’.[16] In that nation, ‘there was no king’[17] or ruling elite. Matrimony and the family was so sacred that transgressing it was one of the most grievous violations of law. Instead of a ruling elite regulating the people, there was a ministerial group who had no personal estate. They were not guaranteed a wage, but could only hope to receive compensation in the form of tithing, according to their service.[18]

Those who assume that philosophers like Socrates and Plato were enlightened men may also assume that, “It is the unquestioned right and imperative duty of every enlightened government, in its character of parens patriae, to protect and provide for the comfort and well-being of its citizens... The performance of this duty is justly regarded as one of the most important governmental functions, and all constitutional limitations must be so understood and construed so as not to interfere with its proper and legitimate exercise.”[19] But such assumption opens another Greek paradigm, a Pandora’s box of power and confusion.

Governments have nothing to give or provide to the people unless they first receive it from the people. How the government obtains the contributions of the people is the difference between a free state under liberty or one of tyranny by mobs or despots.

The power to impose a tribute or an excise tax on the people, is a patrimonial right of government under Parens Patriae. “Parens patriae literally means ‘parent of the country’ and refers to the traditional role of the state as sovereign and guardian of persons under legal disability.”[20] The state and its ruling leaders become the Father of the people as the people relinquish rights and responsibilities, once enjoyed by the individual free man.

Parens patriae originates from the English common law where the King had a royal prerogative to act as guardian for persons under a legal disability such as infants and those mentally ill. In the United States, the parens patriae function belongs with the states.”[21]

In essence a legal disability is one where the individual as a person is no longer in a whole and natural state or status. With the relinquishment or assignment of rights and responsibilities, an individual becomes a person under “legal disabilities” with incumbent duties and limitations. They are no longer whole. A more detailed examination has been extensively addressed in the book, The Covenants of the gods.

The words, parens patriae, are Latin terms that reach back into the time of Christ when the Emperor was the Patronus or Our Father, the Senators were addressed Patri, Father, and the new order of the Pax Romana was desiring to rule the world. With greater and greater influence from those Greeks, the power of the Roman world soon came in conflict with the teachings of the prophets of the Old Testament and their government. This was a time when everyone knew that tribute, excise tax, and income tax was based on the patrimonial right of the king or government as benefactor was standing in the position of Father. They expanded their power through the offer of benefits and maintained it with the sword.

"Then came a man called Jesus, who said, 'And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.'” (Matthew 23:9)

This Jesus, this Christ, this Messiah, or Anointed King, had another plan other than that of Socrates and Plato. The government of Israel, which had been the kingdom of God for centuries, had changed and corrupted the ancient way. The Jews had become Hellenized by the influence of the Greeks and the Romans. John the Baptist, Jesus, and His apostles preached a kingdom at hand that was decidedly different in form and policy than that of the dominant forms of government of its day. The people applied to Rome and the citizens of Judea began to apply to Herod for benefits. Many governments, including the United States (U.S.C. 15 Chapt. 1, Sec. 15), rely heavily upon the authority of parens patria.

“The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”[22]

Polybius warned that not only freedom but the social virtues required for a free society would soon be gone.

Told from the beginning

The people have forgotten that, “He who receives the benefit should also bear the disadvantage.”[23] They have forgotten the meaning of Exodus 20:17, 23:32, Psalms 69:22, 119:36, Proverbs 23, 28:16, Matthew 5:34, Matthew 19:17, John 14:15, James 5:12, Romans 11:9, Hebrews 13:5, 2 Peter 2:3.... and much more being deceived.

John the Baptist preached a Kingdom of God where benefits came from the members by way of charity and choice not by entitlements and the coercion of the State. He told men that if you have two coats and your neighbor has none, then share with him your extra coat. He preached a different government.

When the people asked Jesus how to apply for benefits in His kingdom, He said that they were to pray to Our Father, Who art in Heaven,[24] not the Father in Rome or Herod in Jerusalem.

Israel was a kingdom, a form of government instituted by God. It was to have no central ruler elected by the voice of the people, but was very effective for centuries until the people rejected God and strayed from His precepts.

The Pharisees and Sadducee, at the time of Christ, rejected the ways of the original kingdom According to large groups at that time those ministers of the kingdom had mistranslated, misunderstood, and misinterpreted the ancient text. The mysteries of that kingdom had been hidden, twisted, and even stamped out from the mind and memory of men throughout the ages.

Jesus preached that kingdom which was different than other governments. It was a kingdom of faith, not force; charity, not control; hope, not entitlements. It operated in liberty for and by the people under God.

From the fall of mankind until today, there has been two kinds of government on earth. One is established by temptation and force and the other by love and charity.

I must agree with one thing stated by Plato, “And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and a fool.”

Today, we are dealing with the education or reeducation of children in public and private schools. That practice did not begin with your children, but with your parents and grandparents. If centuries of misrepresentations have been taught, then the very foundation of our understanding is subverted. Each generation is moved farther and farther from the truth until all are lost in a labyrinth of lies and cauldron of deception. The whole world lives under the clouds of a strong delusion. There are scales that must be removed and light that must be revealed for the truth to awaken in us all.

We must look at all things anew.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson.

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Bible quotes of the word tribute

Genesis 49:15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

Numbers 31:28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:

Numbers 31:37 And the LORD’S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.

Numbers 31:38 And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD’S tribute was threescore and twelve.

Numbers 31:39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD’S tribute was threescore and one.

Numbers 31:40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD’S tribute was thirty and two persons.

Numbers 31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD’S heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Deuteronomy 16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

Joshua 16:10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.

Joshua 17:13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

Judges 1:28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.

2 Samuel 20:24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:

1 Kings 4:6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.

1 Kings 9:21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.

1 Kings 12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

2 Kings 23:33 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.

2 Chronicles 8:8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed not, them did Solomon make to pay tribute until this day.

2 Chronicles 10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 17:11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.

Ezra 4:13 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.

Ezra 4:20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.

Ezra 6:8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king’s goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.

Ezra 7:24 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

Nehemiah 5:4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

Esther 10:1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

The most common source of the word tribute in the Old Testament is the word "mac"[25] which means "gang or body of forced labourers, task-workers, labour band or gang, forced service, task-work, serfdom, tributary, tribute, levy, taskmasters, discomfited" like a corvee system of statutory labor or the bondage of Egypt.

In the New Testament there three different words translated "tribute" which include phoros (φόρος), kensos (κῆνσος) and [[1323|didrachmon (δίδραχμον).]

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute [[1323|didrachmon (δίδραχμον)?


Matthew 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 kensos (κῆνσος)? of their own children, or of strangers?

Matthew 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute{ kensos (κῆνσος)} unto Caesar, or not?

Matthew 22:19 Shew me the tribute money{ kensos (κῆνσος)}. And they brought unto him a penny.

Mark 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute{ kensos (κῆνσος)} to Caesar, or not?

Luke 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute{phoros (φόρος)} unto Caesar, or no?

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute{phoros (φόρος)} to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute{phoros (φόρος)} also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute{phoros (φόρος)} to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.


  1. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. p. 1734.(“Legal” & “Equitable” titles.)
  2. Black’s 3rd p 206.
  3. Beneficial Use, Black’s 3rd p 206
  4. Brande. Black’s 3rd Ed. p. 1757.
  5. Vectigal, origina ipsa, jus Cæsarum et regum patrimoniale est.
  6. “Freeman; the possessors of allodial lands.” See Liberi, Blacks 3rd. & Oxford Dictionary
  7. History of the U.S. Vol.1 James Truslow Adams, p. 176.
  8. Ld. Raym. 417; Kebl. 563.
  9. Black’s 3rd Ed. page 1105.
  10. The Works of Alexander Hamilton, edited by Henry Cabot Lodge, N Y, 1904, I, 172. 9 Ibid., March 31, 1768.
  11. Wallace v. Harmstad, 44 Pa. 492; etc.(1863) Black’s 3rd Ed. p. 95.
  12. Lansing vs Smith 21 D. 89...4 Wendell 9, 20 (1829) Court of Appeals of New York, relevant to eminent domain law
  13. Chishom v.Georgia, 2 Dall. (U.S.) 419,455, 1L Ed 440 (1793).
  14. Webster’s New Dictionary unabridged 2nd Ed. 1965.
  15. Jud 2:6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. Inheritance is the possession of property as an estate.
  16. James 1:25 “looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being ... a doer ...”
  17. Jud 17:6 In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.
  18. Nu 7:5 Take [it] of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.
  19. Illinois Supreme Court 1882.
  20. Black’s Law Dict. 1114 (6th ed. 1990).
  21. Black’s Law Dict. 1114 (6th ed. 1990).
  22. Plutarch, over 2000 years ago.
  23. “Cujus est commodum ejus debet esse incommodum.” Also , “Que sentit commodum, sentire debet et onus.” He who derives a benefit from a thing, ought to feel the disadvantages attending it.
  24. “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9
  25. 04522 ^סמ^ mac \@mas\@ or ^סמ^ mic \@mees\@ from 04549; n m; {See TWOT on 1218} AV-tribute 12, tributary 5, levy 4, discomfited 1, taskmasters 1; 23
    1) gang or body of forced labourers, task-workers, labour band or gang, forced service, task-work, serfdom, tributary, tribute, levy, taskmasters, discomfited
    1a) labour-band, labour-gang, slave gang
    1b) gang-overseers
    1c) forced service, serfdom, tribute, enforced payment