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During the days he was in the temple teaching,
and going out he spent the nights
on the mountain called Olives'.
All the people came to him early in the morning
to listen to him in the temple.
Again they came into Jerusalem.

As he was walking in the temple and teaching,
the high priests and the scholars and the elders
approached him asking,
"By what authority are you doing these things?
Or who gave you this authority
so that you could do these things?"

Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you one question;
if you answer me, I will tell you
by what authority I do these things.
Was the baptism of John from heaven or from humans?
Answer me."

They discussed it among themselves saying,
"If we say, 'From heaven,'
he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?'
But if we say, 'From humans,'
we are afraid the crowd will stone us down;
for everyone holds that John was really a prophet."

So answering Jesus they said, "We don't know."

Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you
by what authority I do these things.

"What do you think? A person had two children.
Approaching the first he said, 'Child,
go work today in the vineyard.'

"He answered, 'I am going, lord,' and he did not go.

"Approaching the second he said the same thing.
He answered, 'I will not;' later regretting it he went.

"Which of the two did the will of the Father?"

They said, "The latter."

Jesus said to them, "Amen, I tell you
that the tax collectors and the prostitutes
are going ahead of you into the sovereignty of God.
For John came to you with a way of justice,
and you did not believe him;
but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him;
but you seeing did not regret later
changing to believe him.

72. Authority Questioned Harmony 72 * Interpretation 72
73. Parables of the Vineyard and a Wedding Harmony 73 * Synthesis 73 * Interpretation 73

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