Mark 11:33
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New International Version
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

New Living Translation
So they finally replied, "We don't know." And Jesus responded, "Then I won't tell you by what authority I do these things."

English Standard Version
So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Berean Study Bible
So they answered Him, "We do not know." And Jesus replied, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

Berean Literal Bible
And answering to Jesus, they say, "We do not know." And Jesus says to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

New American Standard Bible
Answering Jesus, they said, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

King James Bible
And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

International Standard Version
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you by what authority I'm doing these things."

NET Bible
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

New Heart English Bible
They answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." Jesus said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they answered and they were saying to Yeshua, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you why I have the right to do these things."

New American Standard 1977
And answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And answering, they said unto Jesus, We do not know. And Jesus, answering, said unto them, Neither shall I tell you with what faculty I do these things.

King James 2000 Bible
And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering said unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

American King James Version
And they answered and said to Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

American Standard Version
And they answered Jesus and say, We know not. And Jesus saith unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they answering, say to Jesus: We know not. And Jesus answering, saith to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Darby Bible Translation
And they answering say to Jesus, We do not know. And Jesus [answering] says to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

English Revised Version
And they answered Jesus and say, We know not. And Jesus saith unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they answered and said to Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Weymouth New Testament
So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." "Nor do I tell you," said Jesus, "by what authority I do these things."

World English Bible
They answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Young's Literal Translation
and answering they say to Jesus, 'We have not known;' and Jesus answering saith to them, 'Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.'
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
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 11:32
But if we say, 'From men'. . ." they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet.

Mark 12:1
Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a wine vat, and built a watchtower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.
Treasury of Scripture

And they answered and said to Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

We.

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel …

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 29:9-14 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry you out, and cry: they are drunken, …

Isaiah 42:19,20 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Jeremiah 8:7-9 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle …

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

Malachi 2:7,8 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

John 3:10 Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know …

Romans 1:18-22,28 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

2 Corinthians 3:15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart.

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

Neither.

Job 5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the …

Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him…

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there …

Matthew 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said to …

Luke 10:21,22 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

Luke 20:7,8 And they answered, that they could not tell from where it was…

Luke 22:66-69 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief …

John 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and you did not hear: …

(33) We cannot tell.--Better, as also in Matthew 21:27, We do not know. The repetition of the verb "tell" in the English, gives an unreal emphasis which is not in the Greek. The real stress lies on the pronoun "I."

Verse 33. - We know not. They had seen the life of John. They had heard his holy and Divine teaching. They were witnesses to his death for the truth; and yet they lie. They might have said," We think it imprudent or inexpedient to say;" but for this they had not sufficient moral courage. Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. You will not answer my question; neither will I therefore answer yours; because your answer to mine is the answer to your own. "He thus shows," says St. Jerome, "that they knew, but would not answer; and that he knew, but did not speak, because they were silent as to what they knew." Our Lord did thus but mete out to them the measure which they meted to him.



And they answered and said unto Jesus,.... Being reduced by this dilemma to the greatest streight and difficulty;

we cannot tell: they could, if they would, but they did not care to tell; they knew if they did, they should expose themselves one way or other:

and Jesus answering, saith unto them, neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things; See Gill on Matthew 21:27. 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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