Mark 11:30
New International Version
John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

New Living Translation
“Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!”

English Standard Version
Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”

Berean Study Bible
John’s baptism—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!”

Berean Literal Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer Me."

King James Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

New King James Version
The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

New American Standard Bible
Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”

NASB 1995
“Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”

NASB 1977
“Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.”

Amplified Bible
Was the baptism of John [the Baptist] from heaven [that is, ordained by God] or from men? Answer Me.”

Christian Standard Bible
Was John’s baptism from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Was John’s baptism from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

American Standard Version
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? answer me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“From where was the baptism of Yohannan, from Heaven, or from the sons of men? Tell me.”

Contemporary English Version
Who gave John the right to baptize? Was it God in heaven or merely some human being?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.

English Revised Version
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? answer me.

Good News Translation
Tell me, where did John's right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Did John's right to baptize come from heaven or from humans? Answer me!"

International Standard Version
Was John's authority to baptize from heaven or from humans? Answer me."

Literal Standard Version
the immersion of John—was it from Heaven or from men? Answer Me.”

NET Bible
John's baptism--was it from heaven or from people? Answer me."

New Heart English Bible
The baptism of John--was it from heaven, or from people? Answer me."

Weymouth New Testament
John's Baptism--was it of Heavenly or of human origin? Answer me."

World English Bible
The baptism of John--was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me."

Young's Literal Translation
the baptism of John -- from heaven was it? or from men? answer me.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus' Authority Challenged
29“I will ask you one question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 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?’…

Cross References
Mark 11:29
"I will ask you one question," Jesus replied, "and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Mark 11:31
They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Acts 5:38
So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail.


Treasury of Scripture

The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

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

Mark 9:13
But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Matthew 3:1-17
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, …









Verse 30. - The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? By the "baptism of John" our Lord means his testimony concerning himself, his doctrine, and nil his preaching. It is a synecdoche - the part put for the whole. The argument is incontrovertible. It is this: "You ask from whence I derive my authority - from God or from men? I in my turn ask you from whom did John the Baptist derive his authority to baptize and to teach? from heaven or from men? If he had it from God, as all will confess, then I too have the same from God; for John testified of me, saying that he was but a servant, the friend of the Bridegroom; but that I was the Messiah, the Son of God: and this too when you sent messengers to him for his special purpose, that you might know from him whether he was the Messias." (See John 1:20; John 10:41.) Answer me. This is characteristic of St. Mark's style, and of our Lord's dignified earnestness.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
The
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

baptism
βάπτισμα (baptisma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 908: The rite or ceremony of baptism. From baptizo; baptism.

of John,
Ἰωάννου (Iōannou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

was it
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

from
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's 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 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

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

from
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

men?
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

Answer
ἀποκρίθητέ (apokrithēte)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

Me!”
μοι (moi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.


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