Mark 11:19-33 Bible in Basic English

19  And every evening he went out of the town.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20  And when they were going by in the morning, they saw the fig-tree dead from the roots. 21  And Peter, having a memory of it, said to him, Master, see, the tree which was cursed by you is dead. 22  And Jesus, answering, said to them, Have God's faith. 23  Truly I say to you, Whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and be put into the sea; and has no doubt in his heart, but has faith that what he says will come about, he will have his desire. 24  For this reason I say to you, Whatever you make a request for in prayer, have faith that it has been given to you, and you will have it. 25  And whenever you make a prayer, let there be forgiveness in your hearts, if you have anything against anyone; so that you may have forgiveness for your sins from your Father who is in heaven. 26  []

Jesus' Authority Questioned

27  And they came again to Jerusalem: and while he was walking in the Temple, there came to him the chief priests and the scribes and those in authority: 28  And they said to him, By what authority do you do these things? or who gave you authority to do these things? 29  And Jesus said to them, I will put to you one question; give me an answer, and I will say by what authority I do these things. 30  The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? give me an answer. 31  And they gave thought to it among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did you not have faith in him? 32  But if we say, From men—they were in fear of the people, because all took John to be truly a prophet. 33  And they said in answer to Jesus, We have no idea. And Jesus said to them, And I will not say to you by what authority I do these things.

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