Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him
and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?"
But He answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me:
The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men?"
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
So they answered that they did not know where it was from.