32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
32 But if we say, 'Of human origin' ." (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
32 But shall we say, 'From man'?"-- they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.
32 if we say 'humans,' we'll be up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet."
32 But if we say, 'From men' "--they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed.
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.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Mark 11:32
Commentary on Mark 11:27-33
(Read Mark 11:27-33)
Our Saviour shows how near akin his doctrine and baptism were to those of John; they had the same design and tendency, to bring in the gospel kingdom. These elders did not deserve to be taught; for it was plain that they contended not for truth, but victory: nor did he need to tell them; for the works he did, told them plainly he had authority from God; since no man could do the miracles which he did, unless God were with him.