It happened on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, that the chief Kohanim and Sofrim came to him with the Zakenim.
They asked him, "Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?"
He answered them, "I also will ask you one question. Tell me:
the immersion of Yochanan, was it from heaven, or from men?"
They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why didn't you believe him?'
But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that Yochanan was a prophet."