Luke 20:4
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New International Version
John's baptism--was it from heaven, or of human origin?"

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

Darby Bible Translation
The baptism of John, was it of heaven or of men?

World English Bible
the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?"

Young's Literal Translation
the baptism of John, from heaven was it, or from men?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

By what authority, etc. - See the note on Matthew 21:23-27 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Luke 7:28-35 For I say to you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist...

Matthew 11:7-19 And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the wilderness to see...

Matthew 17:11,12 And Jesus answered and said to them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things...

Matthew 21:25-32 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say...

John 1:6,19-28 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John...


Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

Daniel 4:25,26 That they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you to eat grass as oxen...

Whose Image and Superscription?
'Whose image and superscription hath it?'--Luke xx. 24. It is no unusual thing for antagonists to join forces in order to crush a third person obnoxious to both. So in this incident we have an unnatural alliance of the two parties in Jewish politics who were at daggers drawn. The representatives of the narrow conservative Judaism, which loathed a foreign yoke, in the person of the Pharisees and Scribes, and the Herodians, the partisans of a foreigner and a usurper, lay their heads together to propose
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

The Resurrection of the Sleeping Saints.
"And the dead in Christ shall rise first." This is the second blessed event which shall occur at the Redeemer's return--the sleeping saints will be awakened and raised. This brings us to a branch of our subject upon which there is much ignorance and confusion in Christendom generally. The idea which popularly obtains is that of a general resurrection at the end of time. So deeply rooted is this belief and so widely is it held that to declare there will be two resurrections--one of saints and another
Arthur W. Pink—The Redeemer's Return

The Third Day in Passion-Week - the Events of that Day - the Question of Christ's Authority - the Question of Tribute to Cæsar - The
THE record of this third day is so crowded, the actors introduced on the scene are so many, the occurrences so varied, and the transitions so rapid, that it is even more than usually difficult to arrange all in chronological order. Nor need we wonder at this, when we remember that this was, so to speak, Christ's last working-day - the last, of His public Mission to Israel, so far as its active part was concerned; the last day in the Temple; the last, of teaching and warning to Pharisees and Sadducees;
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

The Third Day in Passion-Week - the Last Controversies and Discourses - the Sadducees and the Resurrection - the Scribe and the Great Commandment - Question
THE last day in the Temple was not to pass without other temptations' than that of the Priests when they questioned His authority, or of the Pharisees when they cunningly sought to entangle Him in His speech. Indeed, Christ had on this occasion taken a different position; He had claimed supreme authority, and thus challenged the leaders of Israel. For this reason, and because at the last we expect assaults from all His enemies, we are prepared for the controversies of that day. We remember that,
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Luke 20:3
He replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me:

Luke 20:5
They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?'

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