Matthew 21:24
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New International Version
Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

New Living Translation
"I'll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question," Jesus replied.

English Standard Version
Jesus 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.

Berean Study Bible
"I will also ask you one question," Jesus replied, "and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus answering, said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I also will say to you by what authority I do these things.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

King James Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question, and if you answer it for Me, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

International Standard Version
Jesus answered them, "I, too, will ask you one question. If you answer it for me, I will also tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

NET Bible
Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

New Heart English Bible
Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and said to them, “I also shall ask you something and if you will tell me, I shall also tell you by what authority I do these things.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered them, "I, too, have a question for you. If you answer it for me, I'll tell you why I have the right to do these things.

New American Standard 1977
And Jesus answered and said to them, “I will ask you one thing too, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you a word, which if ye tell me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

American King James Version
And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

American Standard Version
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one question, which if ye tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answering, said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you shall tell me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things:

English Revised Version
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one question, which if ye tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Weymouth New Testament
"And I also have a question to ask *you*," replied Jesus, "and if you answer me, I in turn will tell you by what authority I do these things.

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, 'I will ask you -- I also -- one word, which if ye may tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things;
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
23When Jesus returned to the temple courts and began to teach, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him. “By what authority are You doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave You this authority?” 24“I will also ask you one question, Jesus replied, “- and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25What was the source of John’s baptism? Was it from heaven or from men?” They deliberated among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

Matthew 21:23
When Jesus returned to the temple courts and began to teach, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him. "By what authority are You doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave You this authority?"

Matthew 21:25
What was the source of John's baptism? Was it from heaven or from men?" They deliberated among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
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(24) I also will ask you one thing.--The question is met by another question. As One who taught as "having authority, and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:29), He challenges their right to interrogate Him on the ground of precedent. Had they exercised that right in the case of the Baptist, and if so, with what result? If they had left his claim unquestioned, or if they had shrunk from confessing the result of their inquiry, they had virtually abdicated their office, and had no right, in logical consistency, to exercise it, as by fits and starts, in the case of another teacher.

Verse 24. - I also will ask you one thing; λόγον ἕνα: one word, question. Jesus does not reply directly to their insidious demand. He might have asserted his Divine mission, and appealed to his miracles in confirmation of such claim, which would have been in strict conformity with the old, established rule for discriminating false and true prophets (see Deuteronomy 18:22; Jeremiah 28:9); but he knew too well their scepticism and malice and inveterate prejudice to lay stress on this allegation at the present moment. Before he satisfied their inquiry, he must have their opinion concerning one whom they had received as a prophet a few years ago, and whose memory was still held in the highest respect, John the Baptist. The manner in which they regarded him and his testimony would enable them to answer their own interrogation. And Jesus answered and said unto them,.... Not by replying directly to their question, but by putting another question to them, whereby he escaped the snare he saw they laid for him:

I also will ask you one thing, word, or question,

which if ye tell me; honestly, and plainly answer to it,

I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: which was putting the thing upon such a foot, and in such a form, as they could not well object to; for Christ promises, that if they would return a plain answer to the question he had to put to them, and which was no unreasonable, nor impertinent one, he would thoroughly satisfy them in this point; and expressly declare his commission and authority, what it was, and from whence he had it. The question is as follows: 24. And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, etc.21:23-27 As our Lord now openly appeared as the Messiah, the chief priests and scribes were much offended, especially because he exposed and removed the abuses they encouraged. Our Lord asked what they thought of John's ministry and baptism. Many are more afraid of the shame of lying than of the sin, and therefore scruple not to speak what they know to be false, as to their own thoughts, affections, and intentions, or their remembering and forgetting. Our Lord refused to answer their inquiry. It is best to shun needless disputes with wicked opposers.
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