Matthew 9:14
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New International Version
Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?"

New Living Translation
One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, "Why don't your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?"

English Standard Version
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

Berean Study Bible
At that time, John's disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast so often, but Your disciples do not fast?"

Berean Literal Bible
Then the disciples of John come to Him saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees often fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"

New American Standard Bible
Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"

King James Bible
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then John's disciples came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"

International Standard Version
Then John's disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?"

NET Bible
Then John's disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then the disciples of Yohannan approached him, and they were saying, “Why are we and the Pharisees fasting much, and your disciples are not fasting?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then John's disciples came to Jesus. They said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often but your disciples never do?"

New American Standard 1977
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?

King James 2000 Bible
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples fast not?

American King James Version
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not?

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying: Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?

Darby Bible Translation
Then come to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees often fast, but thy disciples fast not?

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples fast not?

Weymouth New Testament
At that time John's disciples came and asked Jesus, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?"

World English Bible
Then John's disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?"

Young's Literal Translation
Then come to him do the disciples of John, saying, 'Wherefore do we and the Pharisees fast much, and thy disciples fast not?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:14-17 John was at this time in prison; his circumstances, his character, and the nature of the message he was sent to deliver, led those who were peculiarly attached to him, to keep frequent fasts. Christ referred them to John's testimony of him, Joh 3:29. Though there is no doubt that Jesus and his disciples lived in a spare and frugal manner, it would be improper for his disciples to fast while they had the comfort of his presence. When he is with them, all is well. The presence of the sun makes day, and its absence produces night. Our Lord further reminded them of common rules of prudence. It was not usual to take a piece of rough woolen cloth, which had never been prepared, to join to an old garment, for it would not join well with the soft, old garment, but would tear it further, and the rent would be made worse. Nor would men put new wine into old leathern bottles, which were going to decay, and would be liable to burst from the fermenting of the wine; but putting the new wine into strong, new, skin bottles, both would be preserved. Great caution and prudence are necessary, that young converts may not receive gloomy and forbidding ideas of the service of our Lord; but duties are to be urged as they are able to bear them.
Study Bible
Questions about Fasting
13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 14At that time, John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast so often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15Jesus replied, “How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:15
Jesus replied, "How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast.

Mark 2:18
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were often fasting. So people came to Jesus and asked, "Why don't Your disciples fast like John's disciples and those of the Pharisees?"

Luke 5:33
Then they said to Him, "John's disciples and those of the Pharisees frequently fast and pray, but Yours keep on eating and drinking."

Luke 18:12
I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I receive.'
Treasury of Scripture

Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not?

the disciples.

Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent …

John 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and …

John 4:1 When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus …

Why.

Matthew 6:16 Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: …

Matthew 11:18,19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil…

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful …

Mark 2:18-22 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and …

Luke 5:33-39 And they said to him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and …

Luke 18:9-12 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

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