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Luke 20:2

2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”

Read Luke 20:2 Using Other Translations

And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?
and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority."
They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

What does Luke 20:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 20:2

And spoke unto him, saying, tell us by what authority
doest thou these things?
&c.] The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "this thing"; as if the sanhedrim only referred to his preaching the Gospel, which is mentioned in the preceding verse, and was what he was about when they came to him: but the Persic version reads, "all these things"; not only preaching, but working miracles; and particularly driving the buyers and sellers out of the temple, which especially affected them, they losing their rents thereby:

or who is he that gave thee this authority?
God or man? (See Gill on Matthew 21:23).

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