Luke 20:2
New International Version
"Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they said. "Who gave you this authority?"

New Living Translation
They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

English Standard Version
and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.”

Berean Study Bible
“Tell us,” they said, “by what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?”

Berean Literal Bible
and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us by what authority You do these things, or who is the one having given to You this authority?"

New American Standard Bible
and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?"

King James Bible
And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Christian Standard Bible
and said to him: "Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?"

Contemporary English Version
asked him, "What right do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?"

Good News Translation
and said to him, "Tell us, what right do you have to do these things? Who gave you such right?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and said to Him: "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Who is it who gave You this authority?"

International Standard Version
and asked him, "Tell us: By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"

NET Bible
and said to him, "Tell us: By what authority are you doing these things? Or who it is who gave you this authority?"

New Heart English Bible
They asked him, "Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They were saying to him, “Tell us by what authority do you do these things, and who is he who has given you this authority?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked him, "Tell us, what gives you the right to do these things? Who told you that you could do this?"

New American Standard 1977
and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and spoke unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

King James 2000 Bible
And spoke unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority do you these things? or who is he that gave you this authority?

American King James Version
And spoke to him, saying, Tell us, by what authority do you these things? or who is he that gave you this authority?

American Standard Version
and they spake, saying unto him, Tell us: By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And spoke to him, saying: Tell us, by what authority dost thou these things? or, Who is he that hath given thee this authority?

Darby Bible Translation
and spoke to him saying, Tell us by what authority thou doest these things, or who is it who has given thee this authority?

English Revised Version
and they spake, saying unto him, Tell us: By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Webster's Bible Translation
And spoke to him, saying, Tell us, By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Weymouth New Testament
together with the Elders, and they asked Him, "Tell us, By what authority are you doing these things? And who is it that gave you this authority?"

World English Bible
They asked him, "Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?"

Young's Literal Translation
and spake unto him, saying, 'Tell us by what authority thou dost these things? or who is he that gave to thee this authority?'
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
1One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and scribes, together with the elders, came up to Him. 2“Tell us,” they said, “by what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” 3“I will also ask you a question,” Jesus replied. “Tell Me:…
Cross References
Luke 20:1
One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and scribes, together with the elders, came up to Him.

Luke 20:3
"I will also ask you a question," Jesus replied. "Tell Me:

Treasury of Scripture

And spoke to him, saying, Tell us, by what authority do you these things? or who is he that gave you this authority?

Tell.

Luke 19:35-40,45,46
And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon…

Matthew 21:23-27
And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? …

Mark 11:28-33
And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things? …

who.

Exodus 2:14
And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

John 2:18
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

John 5:22-27
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: …







Lexicon
“Tell
Εἰπὸν (Eipon)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

us,”
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

they said,
λέγοντες (legontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

what
ποίᾳ (poia)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4169: Of what sort. From the base of pou and hoios; individualizing interrogative what sort of, or which one.

authority
ἐξουσίᾳ (exousia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.

are You doing
ποιεῖς (poieis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

these things,
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

[and]
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

gave
δούς (dous)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

You
σοι (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

this
ταύτην (tautēn)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

authority?”
ἐξουσίαν (exousian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.
(2) Tell us, by what authority . . .?--The form of the question is nearly identical in the three Gospels.

20:1-8 Men often pretend to examine the evidences of revelation, and the truth of the gospel, when only seeking excuses for their own unbelief and disobedience. Christ answered these priests and scribes with a plain question about the baptism of John, which the common people could answer. They all knew it was from heaven, nothing in it had an earthly tendency. Those that bury the knowledge they have, are justly denied further knowledge. It was just with Christ to refuse to give account of his authority, to those who knew the baptism of John to be from heaven, yet would not believe in him, nor own their knowledge.
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