Mark 11:27–33

Messiah’s Authority Challenged

27 They y came again to Jerusalem. z As He was walking in the temple complex, a the chief priests, the scribes, b and the elders c came 28 and asked Him, “By what authority d are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority to do these things?”

29 Jesus said to them, I will ask you one question; e then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 Was John’s baptism f from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

31 They began to argue among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe g him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was a genuine prophet. h 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

And Jesus said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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