1When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him 2while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?"
References for Matthew 21:23
Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.
References for Matthew 21:24
"The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?" And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Then why did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as 3a prophet."
References for Matthew 21:26
And answering Jesus, they said, "We do not know." He also said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.