One day as Jesus was teaching and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests and teachers of religious law and other leaders came up to him.
They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? a Who gave you such authority?"
3"Let me ask you a question first," he replied.
4"Did John's baptism come from heaven, or was it merely human?"5
They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe him.
But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us, because they are convinced he was a prophet."
Finally they replied, "We don't know."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)