Balaam looked up and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. Then the spirit of God came upon him, and he uttered his oracle, saying:
â€˜The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,
the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
who falls down, but with eyes uncovered
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, â€˜By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?â€™ Jesus said to them, â€˜I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?â€™ And they argued with one another, â€˜If we say, â€œFrom heavenâ€, he will say to us, â€œWhy then did you not believe him?â€ But if we say, â€œOf human originâ€, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.â€™ So they answered Jesus, â€˜We do not know.â€™ And he said to them, â€˜Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.