Matthew 21:26
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New International Version
But if we say, 'Of human origin'--we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."

New Living Translation
But if we say it was merely human, we'll be mobbed because the people believe John was a prophet."

English Standard Version
But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”

Berean Study Bible
But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet."

Berean Literal Bible
But if we should say, 'from men,' we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet."

New American Standard Bible
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet."

King James Bible
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Christian Standard Bible
But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we're afraid of the crowd, because everyone considers John to be a prophet."

Contemporary English Version
On the other hand, these people think John was a prophet, and we are afraid of what they might do to us. That's why we can't say it was merely some human who gave John the right to baptize."

Good News Translation
But if we say, 'From human beings,' we are afraid of what the people might do, because they are all convinced that John was a prophet."

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

International Standard Version
But if we say, 'From humans,' we are afraid of the crowd, because everyone regards John as a prophet."

NET Bible
But if we say, 'From people,' we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet."

New Heart English Bible
But if we say, 'From people,' we fear the crowd, for all hold John as a prophet."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And we are too afraid of the crowds to say, 'From men', for they all hold Yohannan as a Prophet.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if we say, 'from humans,' we're afraid of what the crowd might do. All those people think of John as a prophet."

New American Standard 1977
“But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude; for they all hold John to be a prophet.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if we shall say, Of men, we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

American King James Version
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

American Standard Version
But if we shall say, From men; we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we shall say, from heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him? But if we shall say, from men, we are afraid of the multitude: for all held John as a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
but if we should say, Of men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John for a prophet.

English Revised Version
But if we shall say, From men; we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if we shall say, From men; we fear the people: for all hold John as a prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
and if we say 'a human origin' we have the people to fear, for they all hold John to have been a Prophet."

World English Bible
But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet."

Young's Literal Translation
and if we should say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.'
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
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?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they said to Jesus, “We do not know.” “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things,” He replied.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:9
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Matthew 21:11
The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

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?'

Matthew 21:27
So they said to Jesus, "We do not know." "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things," He replied.

Matthew 21:46
Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.

Mark 6:20
because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing he was a righteous and holy man. When he heard John's words, he was greatly perplexed; yet he listened to him gladly.

Treasury of Scripture

But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

we fear.

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

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

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and …

Mark 11:32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men …

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

Luke 20:6,19 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they …

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

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for …

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

for.

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

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a …

John 10:41,42 And many resorted to him, and said, John did no miracle: but all …

Verse 26. - We fear the people. They dared not, as they would gladly have done, affirm that John was a false prophet and impostor; for then, as according to St. Luke they said, "All the people will stone us." Public opinion was too strong for them. Whatever view they really took of John's position, they were forced, for the sake of retaining popularity, to uphold its Divine character. All hold John as a prophet. Even Herod, for the same reason, long hesitated to put the Baptist to death (Matthew 14:5); and many of the Jews believed that Herod's defeat by Aretas was a judgment upon him for this murder (Josephus,' Ant.,' 18:5. 2); comp. Luke 7:29, which shows how extensive was the influence of this holy teacher, who indeed did no miracle, but persuaded men by pure doctrine, holy life, genuine love of souls, courageous reproof of sin wherever found. Others had drawn the very inference which Christ now demanded (see John 10:41, 42). But if we shall say of men,.... They reasoned with themselves, that should they give their answer in this form, and say, that the ministry and baptism of John, were merely human, and what he took up of himself, or which he performed by an authority derived from men,

we fear the people; that were then upon the spot, in the temple; who, as many of them were now the followers of Christ, more of them had been the admirers of John, and probably had been baptized by him: wherefore the sanhedrim were afraid of them, lest if they should affirm, that the authority by which John acted was human, they would immediately rise up against them; and, as Luke says, "stone" them: so high a veneration had they for him, and so dear was his memory still unto them,

For all held John as a prophet. These are the words of the high priests and elders, and not of the evangelist, expressing the reason of their fears from the people, who, in general, were thoroughly persuaded, as Luke expresses it, and firmly believed that John was a prophet, that was raised up, and sent immediately by God; and did not derive his authority and commission to preach and baptize from any man, or set of men, whatever. 26. But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people—rather, "the multitude." In Luke (Lu 20:6) it is, "all the people will stone us"—"stone us to death."

for all hold John as a prophet—Crooked, cringing hypocrites! No wonder Jesus gave you no answer.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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