Mark 11:19-33 Revised Standard Version

19  And when evening came they went out of the city.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20  As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21  And Peter remembered and said to him, "Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered." 22  And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. 23  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." 26  * [No text]

Jesus' Authority Questioned

27  And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28  and they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?" 29  Jesus said to them, "I will ask you a question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30  Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me." 31  And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 32  But shall we say, 'From men'?" --they were afraid of the people, for all held that John was a real prophet. 33  So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

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