And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
And they answered and said unto Jesus,.... Being reduced by this dilemma to the greatest streight and difficulty;
We cannot tell: they could, if they would, but they did not care to tell; they knew if they did, they should expose themselves one way or other:
And Jesus answering, saith unto them, neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things; See Gill on "Matthew 21:27".