Matthew 21:25
Good News Translation
Where did John's right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?" They started to argue among themselves, "What shall we say? If we answer, 'From God,' he will say to us, 'Why, then, did you not believe John?'

Contemporary English Version
Who gave John the right to baptize? Was it God in heaven or merely some human being?" They thought it over and said to each other, "We can't say God gave John this right. Jesus will ask us why we didn't believe John.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying:

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The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying:

baptism.

Matthew 3:1 And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.

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Matthew 11:7-15 And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind? . . .

Matthew 17:12,13 But I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, But have done unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall suffer from them. . . .

Mark 1:1-11 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . .

Mark 11:27-33 And they come again to Jerusalem. And when he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests and the scribes and the ancients. . . .

Luke 1:11-17,67-80 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. . . .

Luke 3:2-20 Under the high priests Anna and Caiphas: the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert. . . .

Luke 7:28-35 For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of men, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist. But he that is the lesser in the kingdom of God is greater than he. . . .

John 1:6,15,25-34 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. . . .

John 3:26-36 And they came to John and said to him: Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou gavest testimony: behold, he baptizeth and all men come to him. . . .

Why.

Luke 20:5 But they thought within themselves, saying: If we shall say, From heaven: he will say: Why then did you not believe in him?

John 3:18 He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 5:33-36,44-47 You sent to John: and he gave testimony to the truth. . . .

John 10:25,26 Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me. . . .

John 12:37-43 And whereas he had done so many miracles before them, they believed not in him: . . .

1 John 3:20 For if our heart reprehend us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.

Context
Jesus' Authority Challenged
24Jesus 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. 25The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying: 26If 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.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
But they thought within themselves, saying: Because we have taken no bread.

Matthew 21:24
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.

Matthew 21:26
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.

Luke 20:5
But they thought within themselves, saying: If we shall say, From heaven: he will say: Why then did you not believe in him?

Additional Translations
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?’

From where was the baptism of John? From heaven, or from men?" And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, "If we should say, 'from heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why did you not then believe him?

The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why then did ye not believe him?

The baptism of John, whence was it? of heaven or of men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we should say, Of heaven, he will say to us, Why then have ye not believed him?

The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why then did ye not believe him?

The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, if we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why then did ye not believe him?

John's Baptism, whence was it? --had it a heavenly or a human origin?" So they debated the matter among themselves. "If we say 'a heavenly origin,'" they argued, "he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?" They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

the baptism of John, whence was it? -- from heaven, or from men?' And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, 'If we should say, From heaven; he will say to us, Wherefore, then, did ye not believe him?
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