A Question About Fasting
Now k John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, l "Why do John's disciples and m the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
And Jesus said to them, n "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
o The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and p then they will fast in that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
And no one puts new wine into old q wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins - and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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They on their part acted with cunning and went and made ready provisions and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended.