The Authority of Jesus Questioned(A)

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority(B) are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

24 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. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”(C)

27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’(D)

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors(E) and the prostitutes(F) are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness,(G) and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors(H) and the prostitutes(I) did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent(J) and believe him.

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23 耶稣进了殿,正教训人的时候,祭司长和民间的长老来,问他说:“你仗着什么权柄做这些事?给你这权柄的是谁呢?” 24 耶稣回答说:“我也要问你们一句话,你们若告诉我,我就告诉你们我仗着什么权柄做这些事。 25 约翰的洗礼是从哪里来的?是从天上来的,是从人间来的呢?”他们彼此商议说:“我们若说从天上来,他必对我们说:‘这样,你们为什么不信他呢?’ 26 若说从人间来,我们又怕百姓,因为他们都以约翰为先知。” 27 于是回答耶稣说:“我们不知道。”耶稣说:“我也不告诉你们我仗着什么权柄做这些事。”


28 又说:“一个人有两个儿子。他来对大儿子说:‘我儿,你今天到葡萄园里去做工。’ 29 他回答说‘我不去’,以后自己懊悔,就去了。 30 又来对小儿子也是这样说,他回答说‘父啊,我去’,他却不去。 31 你们想这两个儿子是哪一个遵行父命呢?”他们说:“大儿子。”耶稣说:“我实在告诉你们:税吏和娼妓倒比你们先进神的国。 32 因为约翰遵着义路到你们这里来,你们却不信他,税吏和娼妓倒信他。你们看见了,后来还是不懊悔去信他。

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