231When He entered the temple, the chiefpriests and the elders of the peoplecame to Him 2while He was teaching, and said, "By whatauthority are You doingthesethings, and whogave You thisauthority ?"
24Jesussaid to them, "I will alsoask you oneathing, whichif you tell Me, I will alsotell you by whatauthority I dothesethings.25"The baptism of John was from what source, from heavenor from men ?" And they began reasoningamongthemselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Thenwhy did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the bpeople ; for they allregardJohn as 3a prophet."
And answeringJesus, they said, "We do not know." He alsosaid to them, "Neither will I tell you by whatauthority I dothesethings.