Mar 11:29 I will also ask of you one question, and answer me...

Mar 11:29 I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Alternative: And I will question you on a single idea and you sort it out for me and I will address the kind of power in which I do this.

Wordplay: The two key words for "ask" and "answer" begin with contrasting prefixes, epi and apo, meaning "on" and "separation from." The root words mean literally to search with words and to separate out,

Hidden meaning: The word translated as "authority" is usually translated as "power" and "authority" even in the NT.

Thematically and Linguistically Related Verse(s): Matt 21:24 is the parallel verse, but it uses a much more simple vocabulary for "ask" and "tell."


"I will ask" is from eperôtaô (eperatoa), which means "consult", "inquire", "ask", "put a question," and "put a further question."

"Also" is from kagô (kago), which is a combination of ths words for "and" and "I," kai ego, in Greek.

"One" is from heis (heis), which means "one", "single," and "one and the same." This adjective is irregular, having a number of forms depending on sex, number, and case: heis, henos, heni, hen, hena, mia, mias, miai, mian; hen, henos, hen.

"Question" is from logos (logos), which means "word", "computation", "reckoning," and "value."

"Answer" is from apokrinô (aprokrinomai), which means "to set apart", "to mark by a distinctive form", "to distinguish", "to choose", "to exclude", "to reject on examination", "to give an answer to", "to reply to [a question", "to answer charges," and "to defend oneself." The root is from krinô, which means "separate", "distinguish", "pick out", "choose," 'decide", "decide in favor of", "determine," and "form a judgment."

"I will tell" is from eipon (eipon), which means "to speak", "to say", "to recite", "to address", "to mention", "to name", "to proclaim", "to plead", "to promise," and "to offer."

"What" is from poios, which means "of what kind", "whose", "what," and "which."

"Power" is from exousia ( exousia ), which means "control", "the power of choice", "permission", "the power of authority", "the right of privilege", "abundance of means," and "abuse of power."

"I do" is from poieô ( poieo), which means "to make", "to produce", "to create", "to bring into existence", "to bring about", "to cause", "to render", "to consider", "to prepare", "to make ready," and "to do."