and they said to him, 1"By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?"
Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.30Was the baptism of John 2from heaven or from man? Answer me."31
And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 3'Why then did you not believe him?'
But shall we say, 'From man'?"--4they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was 5a prophet.
So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."