And it happened that on one of the days [while]a he was teaching the people in the temple [courts]b and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes approached together with the elders
and said, saying to him, "Tell us, by what authority you are doing these [things], or who is the one who gave you this authority?
And he answered [and]c said to them, "I also will ask you a question, and you tell me:
The baptism of John--was [it] from heaven or from men?
And they discussed [this]d with one another, saying, "If we say 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'
But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us to death, because they are convinced [that] John was a prophet."