Luke 5:34
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Jesus answered, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?

New Living Translation
Jesus responded, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not.

English Standard Version
And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus said to them, "You cannot make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

King James Bible
And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus said to them, "You can't make the wedding guests fast while the groom is with them, can you?

International Standard Version
But Jesus told them, "You can't force the wedding guests to fast while the groom is still with them, can you?

NET Bible
So Jesus said to them, "You cannot make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he said to them, “You cannot make the children of the bridal chamber fast as long as the groom is with them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked them, "Can you force wedding guests to fast while the groom is still with them?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them?

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

American King James Version
And he said to them, Can you make the children of the bridal chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

American Standard Version
And Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom he said: Can you make the children of the bridegroom fast, whilst the bridegroom is with them?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast when the bridegroom is with them?

English Revised Version
And Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, Can ye make the children of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Weymouth New Testament
"Can you compel the bridal party to fast," replied Jesus, "so long as they have the bridegroom among them?

World English Bible
He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

Young's Literal Translation
And he said unto them, 'Are ye able to make the sons of the bride-chamber -- in the bridegroom being with them -- to fast?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:27-39 It was a wonder of Christ's grace, that he would call a publican to be his disciple and follower. It was a wonder of his grace, that the call was made so effectual. It was a wonder of his grace, that he came to call sinners to repentance, and to assure them of pardon. It was a wonder of his grace, that he so patiently bore the contradiction of sinners against himself and his disciples. It was a wonder of his grace, that he fixed the services of his disciples according to their strength and standing. The Lord trains up his people gradually for the trials allotted them; we should copy his example in dealing with the weak in faith, or the tempted believer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 34, 35. - And he said unto them Can ye make the children of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is With them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. On this reply of the Lord Jesus Godet very beautifully writes. "In the midst of this feast of publicans, the heart of Jesus is overflowing with joy; it is one of the hours when his earthly life seems to his feeling like a marriage-day. But suddenly his countenance becomes overcast: the shadow of a painful vision passes across his brow: 'The days will come,'... said he, in a solemn tone. At the close of this nuptial week, the Bridegroom himself will be suddenly smitten and cut off; then will come the time of fasting for those who to-day are rejoicing; there will be no necessity to enjoin it. In this striking and poetic answer Jesus evidently announces his violent death." The imagery of the bridegroom is drawn from Hosea 2:19, 20, and perhaps also from the more mystical Scripture, Psalm 45. and the Song of Songs. Jesus here clearly regards himself as the Christ, as identical with the long looked-for Divine Deliverer; but at this comparatively early stage of his public career he was fully conscious that in his Person, with the triumphant would be joined the suffering Messiah. The word rendered "shall be taken away from (them)," ἀπαρθῆ, only occurs here in the New Testament; it points evidently to a death of violence. While the intimation given to Nicodemus (John 3:14) was the first private, so this seems to have been the first public announcement of the last scene of the earth-life.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them,.... The disciples of John, or the Scribes and Pharisees:

can ye make the children of the bride chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? signifying, that he was the bridegroom, and his disciples the children of the bride chamber; and that as it is unreasonable to expect, and morally impossible, that persons, attending the festivals of a nuptial solemnity, should be engaged in severe fastings; so it was not to be thought, that whilst Christ was corporeally present with his disciples, that they should be prevailed upon to live such an austere and mortified life.



Luke 5:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Questioned about Fasting
33And they said to Him, "The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do the same, but Yours eat and drink." 34And Jesus said to them, "You cannot make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? 35"But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days."
Cross References
Matthew 9:15
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

Luke 5:33
They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."

Luke 5:35
But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, Can you make the children of the bridal chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

the children.

Judges 14:10,11 So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; …

Psalm 45:14 She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins …

Songs 2:6,7 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand does embrace me…

Songs 3:10,11 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, …

Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that …

Songs 6:1 Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your …

Matthew 25:1-10 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage …

bridegroom.

Psalm 45:10-16 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and …

Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: …

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he …

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused …

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

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