Mark 11:19-33 New Living Translation

19  That evening Jesus and the disciples left the city.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20  The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21  Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, "Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!" 22  Then Jesus said to the disciples, "Have faith in God. 23  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24  I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours. 25  But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. " 26  

Jesus' Authority Questioned

27  Again they entered Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. 28  They demanded, "By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right to do them?" 29  "I'll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question," Jesus replied. 30  "Did John's authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!" 31  They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe John. 32  But do we dare say it was merely human?" For they were afraid of what the people would do, because everyone believed that John was a prophet. 33  So they finally replied, "We don't know." And Jesus responded, "Then I won't tell you by what authority I do these things."

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