On one of those days while He was teaching the people in the Temple and proclaiming the Good News, the High Priests came upon Him, and the Scribes,
together with the Elders, and they asked Him, "Tell us, By what authority are you doing these things? And who is it that gave you this authority?"
"I also will put a question to you, "He said;
"was John's baptism of Heavenly or of human origin?"
So they debated the matter with one another. "If we say `Heavenly,'" they argued, "he will say, `Why did you not believe him?'
And if we say, `human,' the people will all stone us; for they are thoroughly convinced that John was a Prophet."
And they answered that they did not know the origin of it.