Discourse on Fasting
Interwoven Gospels

And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then come to Him the disciples of John, saying, "Why do we fast often and make supplications, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees; but Thy disciples fast not, but eat and drink?" And Jesus said to them, "Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber mourn and fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But there will come days when the bridegroom will be taken away from them: then they will fast in those days."

And He spake also a parable to them: "No one teareth a piece from a new garment and putteth it on an old garment; if so, he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not agree with the old. And no one seweth a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch taketh away from the garment, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.

"And no one putteth new wine into old skins; if so, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh skins, and both are preserved together. And no one having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, 'The old is better." "

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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