The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 9:14–17

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14  Then the disciples of John approached Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"

14  Then come to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

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15  And Jesus said to them, "Can the groomsmen mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

15  Jesus said to them, Is it possible for those at the wedding feast to fast as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days are coming, when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and then they will fast.

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16  No one puts on a patch of a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for it takes away its completeness from the garment, and the tear is made worse.

16  No man puts a new patch on an old garment, so as not to weaken that garment, and make the hole larger.

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17  Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins burst, and the wine spills out, and the wineskins will be ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

17  Neither do they pour new wine into worn out skins, so as not to rend the skins, and spill the wine, and the wine runs out, and the skins are ruined; but they pour new wine into new skins, and both of them are well preserved.

17  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.