A Question About Fasting

18 Now (A)John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, (B)“Why do John's disciples and (C)the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, (D)“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 (E)The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and (F)then they will fast in that day. 21 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. 22 And no one puts new wine into old (G)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.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 2:22 Some manuscripts omit But new wine is for fresh wineskins

(A)Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    (B)smitten by God, and afflicted.
(C)But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    (D)and with his wounds we are healed.
(E)All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
(F)and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    (G)yet he opened not his mouth;
(H)like a (I)lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, (J)who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?

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