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Luke 20:1-6 (Common English Bible)

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Controversy over authority

1 On one of the days when Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests, legal experts, and elders approached him. 2 They said, "Tell us: What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?" 3 He replied, "I have a question for you. Tell me: 4 Was John's baptism of heavenly or of human origin?" 5 They discussed among themselves, "If we say, ‘It's of heavenly origin,' he'll say, ‘Why didn't you believe him?' 6 But if we say, ‘It's of human origin,' all the people will stone us to death because they are convinced that John was a prophet."
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