The Authority of Jesus Questioned
- 1 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple area and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and scribes, together with the elders, approached him
- and said to him, "Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Or who is the one who gave you this authority?"
- He said to them in reply, "I shall ask you a question. Tell me,
- was John's baptism of heavenly or of human origin?"
- They discussed this among themselves, and said, "If we say, 'Of heavenly origin,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'
- But if we say, 'Of human origin,' then all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
- So they answered that they did not know from where it came.
- Then Jesus said to them, "Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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