Mark 11:31
New International Version
They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

New Living Translation
They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe John.

English Standard Version
And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

Berean Study Bible
They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

Berean Literal Bible
And they began reasoning with themselves, saying, "What should we say? If we should say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

New American Standard Bible
They began reasoning among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?'

King James Bible
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

Christian Standard Bible
They discussed it among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

Contemporary English Version
They thought it over and said to each other, "We can't say that God gave John this right. Jesus will ask us why we didn't believe John.

Good News Translation
They started to argue among themselves: "What shall we say? If we answer, 'From God,' he will say, 'Why, then, did you not believe John?'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They began to argue among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

International Standard Version
They began discussing this among themselves. "If we say, 'From heaven,' he'll say, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

NET Bible
They discussed with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?'

New Heart English Bible
They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we should say, 'From heaven;' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they reasoned in themselves and they said, “If we say to him from Heaven, he will say to us, 'And why did you not believe him?' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They discussed this among themselves. They said, "If we say, 'from heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

New American Standard 1977
And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they thought inside themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

King James 2000 Bible
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not believe him?

American King James Version
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not believe him?

American Standard Version
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they thought with themselves, saying: If we say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not believe him?

Darby Bible Translation
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we should say, Of heaven, he will say, Why [then] have ye not believed him?

English Revised Version
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

Webster's Bible Translation
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

Weymouth New Testament
So they debated the matter with one another. "Suppose we say, 'Heavenly,'" they argued, "he will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

World English Bible
They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we should say, 'From heaven;' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Young's Literal Translation
And they were reasoning with themselves, saying, 'If we may say, From heaven, he will say, Wherefore, then, did ye not believe him?
Study Bible
Jesus' Authority Challenged
30John’s baptism—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!” 31They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But if we say, ‘From men’...” they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and concluded, "It is because we did not bring any bread."

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?'

Mark 11:30
The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!"

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.

Treasury of Scripture

And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not believe him?

Why.

Matthew 11:7-14
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? …

Matthew 21:25-27,31,32
The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? …

John 1:15,29,34,36
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me…







Lexicon
They deliberated
διελογίζοντο (dielogizonto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1260: To reason (with), debate (with), consider. From dia and logizomai; to reckon thoroughly, i.e. to deliberate.

among
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

themselves
ἑαυτοὺς (heautous)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

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

they should answer:
εἴπωμεν (eipōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“If
Ἐὰν (Ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

we say,
εἴπωμεν (eipōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

‘From
Ἐξ (Ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

heaven,’
οὐρανοῦ (ouranou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

He will ask,
ἐρεῖ (erei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2046: Probably a fuller form of rheo; an alternate for epo in certain tenses; to utter, i.e. Speak or say.

‘Why
Διὰ (Dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

then
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

did you not believe
ἐπιστεύσατε (episteusate)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4100: From pistis; to have faith, i.e. Credit; by implication, to entrust.

him?’
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
Verses 31, 32. - They reasoned with themselves, like men anxious and perplexed. If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? For he told you I was the promised Messias, and bade you prepare yourselves by repentance to receive my grace and salvation. But should we say, From men - they feared the people: for all verily held John to be a prophet. This is a broken sentence, but very expressive. The evangelist leaves his reader to supply what they meant. They deemed it prudent not to finish the sentence; and probably cut it short with some significant gesture. They did not like to confess that they feared the people; although this was the true reason why they hesitated to say that John's baptism was of men. They knew that all the people held John to be a prophet. They were thus thrown on one or other horn of a dilemma. 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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