Matthew 21:24-27

24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, a  from where did it come? b  From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us c  Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From man,’ d  we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was e  a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

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