11:29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things:
11:30 John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people? 1 Answer me.”
11:31 They discussed with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
11:32 But if we say, ‘From people – ’” (they feared the crowd, for they all considered John to be truly a prophet).
1 tn The plural Greek term ἀνθρώπων (anqrwpwn) is probably used here (and in v. 32) in a generic sense, referring to both men and women (cf. NAB, NRSV, “of human origin”; TEV, “from human beings”; NLT, “merely human”).
sn The question is whether John’s ministry was of divine or human origin.