11On one of the days while 2He was teaching the people in the temple and 3preaching the gospel, the chiefpriests and the scribes with the elders4confronted Him,
and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by whatauthority You are doingthesethings, orwho is the one who gave You thisauthority?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "I will alsoask you a aquestion, and you tell Me:4"Was the baptism of John from heavenor from men?"5
They reasonedamongthemselves, 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, for they are convinced that John was a 5prophet."
7So they answered that they did not knowwhere it came from.
And Jesussaid to them, "Norbwill I tell you by whatauthority I dothesethings."