Luke 20:2

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

Luke 20:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?
ESV
2 and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority."
NLT
2 They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”
MSG
2 him and demanded, "Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?"
CSB
2 and said to Him: "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Who is it who gave You this authority?"

Luke 20:2 Meaning and Commentary

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).

Luke 20:2 In-Context

1 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.
2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
3 He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me:
4 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’

Cross References 1

  • 1. John 2:18; Acts 4:7; Acts 7:27