1 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there
come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? or who gave thee this
authority to do these things?
3 And Joshua answered and said
unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and
answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
4 The baptism of
John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say,
From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that
he was a prophet indeed.
7 And they answered and said unto
Joshua, We cannot tell. And Joshua answering saith unto them,
Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these