Mark 11:30
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New International Version
John's baptism--was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!"

New Living Translation
"Did John's authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!"

English Standard Version
Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”

Berean Study Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!"

Berean Literal Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer Me."

New American Standard Bible
"Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me."

King James Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Was John's baptism from heaven or from men? Answer Me."

International Standard Version
Was John's authority to baptize from heaven or from humans? Answer me."

NET Bible
John's baptism--was it from heaven or from people? Answer me."

New Heart English Bible
The baptism of John--was it from heaven, or from man? Answer me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“From where was the baptism of Yohannan, from Heaven, or from the sons of men? Tell me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Did John's right to baptize come from heaven or from humans? Answer me!"

New American Standard 1977
“Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The baptism of John, was it of heaven or of men? Respond unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

American King James Version
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

American Standard Version
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? answer me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.

Darby Bible Translation
The baptism of John, was it of heaven, or of men? answer me.

English Revised Version
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? answer me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? answer me.

Weymouth New Testament
John's Baptism--was it of Heavenly or of human origin? Answer me."

World English Bible
The baptism of John--was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me."

Young's Literal Translation
the baptism of John -- from heaven was it? or from men? answer me.'
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
29“I will ask you one question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!” 31They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’…
Cross References
Mark 11:29
"I will ask you one question," Jesus replied, "and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Mark 11:31
They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Acts 5:38
So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail.
Treasury of Scripture

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Verse 30. - The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? By the "baptism of John" our Lord means his testimony concerning himself, his doctrine, and nil his preaching. It is a synecdoche - the part put for the whole. The argument is incontrovertible. It is this: "You ask from whence I derive my authority - from God or from men? I in my turn ask you from whom did John the Baptist derive his authority to baptize and to teach? from heaven or from men? If he had it from God, as all will confess, then I too have the same from God; for John testified of me, saying that he was but a servant, the friend of the Bridegroom; but that I was the Messiah, the Son of God: and this too when you sent messengers to him for his special purpose, that you might know from him whether he was the Messias." (See John 1:20; John 10:41.) Answer me. This is characteristic of St. Mark's style, and of our Lord's dignified earnestness. The baptism of John,.... The doctrine of which he was the first preacher, and the ordinance of which he was the first administrator:

was it from heaven, or of men? was it of divine or of human institution?

answer me; directly and plainly, without any shuffling, or evasion: it is a fair question, and may be answered; and the answer to it our Lord suggests would naturally lead to a proper one to their question; See Gill on Matthew 21:25. 11:27-33 Our Saviour shows how near akin his doctrine and baptism were to those of John; they had the same design and tendency, to bring in the gospel kingdom. These elders did not deserve to be taught; for it was plain that they contended not for truth, but victory: nor did he need to tell them; for the works he did, told them plainly he had authority from God; since no man could do the miracles which he did, unless God were with him.
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