“And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”
King James Version (KJV)
21:27 Neither tell I you - Not again, in express terms: he had often told them before, and they would not believe him.
Mt 21:27 We cannot tell. Hence the Lord refuses to answer their question, but immediately addresses them in a parable. As his death approaches, his parables are unusually solemn.