Mark 11:32
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New International Version
But if we say, 'Of human origin' . . . " (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

New Living Translation
But do we dare say it was merely human?" For they were afraid of what the people would do, because everyone believed that John was a prophet.

English Standard Version
But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.

Berean Study Bible
But if we say, 'From men'. . ." they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
But should we say, 'From men'..." They were afraid of the people, for all were holding that John truly was a prophet.

New American Standard Bible
"But shall we say, 'From men '?"-- they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet.

King James Bible
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if we say, 'From men"--they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was a genuine prophet.

International Standard Version
But if we say, 'From humans'…?" They were afraid of the crowd, because everyone really thought John was a prophet.

NET Bible
But if we say, 'From people--'" (they feared the crowd, for they all considered John to be truly a prophet).

New Heart English Bible
If we should say, 'From man'"--they feared the crowd, for all held John to really be a prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And that we should say, 'From the sons of men', there is the fear of the people, for they all are holding that Yohannan was truly a Prophet.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if we say, 'from humans,' [then what will happen]?" They were afraid of the people. All the people thought of John as a true prophet.

New American Standard 1977
“But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the multitude, for all considered John to have been a prophet indeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if we shall say, Of men, we fear the people, for everyone judged regarding John that he truly was a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

American King James Version
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

American Standard Version
But should we say, From men--they feared the people: for all verily held John to be a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we say, From men, we fear the people. For all men counted John that he was a prophet indeed.

Darby Bible Translation
but should we say, Of men -- they feared the people; for all held of John that he was truly a prophet.

English Revised Version
But should we say, From men--they feared the people: for all verily held John to be a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if we shall say, from men; they feared the people: for all men counted John that he was a prophet indeed.

Weymouth New Testament
Or should we say, 'human?'" They were afraid of the people; for all agreed in holding John to have been really a Prophet.

World English Bible
If we should say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all held John to really be a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
But if we may say, From men,' -- they were fearing the people, for all were holding John that he was indeed a prophet;
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
31They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But if we say, ‘From men’...” they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet. 33So they answered Him, “We do not know.” And Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”…
Cross References
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?'

Mark 11:33
So they answered Him, "We do not know." And Jesus replied, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
Treasury of Scripture

But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

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Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they …

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, …

Luke 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay …

Luke 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; …

Acts 5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without …

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Matthew 3:5,6 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region …

Matthew 21:31,32 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Luke 7:26-29 But what went you out for to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and …

Luke 20:6-8 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they …

John 10:41 And many resorted to him, and said, John did no miracle: but all …

(32) That he was a prophet indeed.--The intensifying adverb is one of St. Mark's graphic touches of emphasis.

But if we shall say, of men,.... That John's baptism was an human invention, and he had no authority from God to preach and administer it,

they feared the people; lest being enraged thereby they should, at once, rise up, and destroy them:

for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed; a real prophet, one truly sent from God, and had his commission and credentials from him: this was the general sentiment of the people; See Gill on Matthew 21:26. 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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