23 When he entered the temple,A the chief priestsB and the eldersC of the peopleD came to him as he was teaching,E and said, “By what authorityF are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
24 JesusG said to them, “I will also askH you one question;I if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptismJ of JohnK come from heaven,L or was it of humanM origin?”
And they arguedN with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believeO him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraidP of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”Q 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”R
And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
32 For John came to you in the wayII of righteousnessJJ and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you sawKK it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Image credit: “St. John the Baptist” at the church of St. John the Baptist in Wolfsberg, Germany.