Luke 5:34
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?

Berean Study Bible
Jesus replied, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while He is with them?

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus said to them, "Are you able to make the sons of the bridechamber to 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told them, "The friends of a bridegroom don't go without eating while he is still with them.

Good News Translation
Jesus answered, "Do you think you can make the guests at a wedding party go without food as long as the bridegroom is with them? Of course not!

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?

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

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?

New American Standard 1977
And Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

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?
Study Bible
Questions about Fasting
33Then they said to Him, “John’s disciples and those of the Pharisees frequently fast and pray, but Yours keep on eating and drinking.” 34Jesus replied, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while He is with them? 35But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”…
Cross References
Matthew 9:15
Jesus replied, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

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 5:35
But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then 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 unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do…

Psalm 45:14
She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

Song of Solomon 2:6,7
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me…

bridegroom.

Psalm 45:10-16
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; …

Isaiah 54:5
For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Isaiah 62:5
For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.







Lexicon
Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

replied,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Can you
δύνασθε (dynasthe)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

make
ποιῆσαι (poiēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

guests
υἱοὺς (huious)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

bridegroom
νυμφῶνος (nymphōnos)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3567: A bridal chamber. From numphe; the bridal room.

fast
νηστεῦσαι (nēsteusai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3522: To fast, abstain from food. From nestis; to abstain from food.

while
(hō)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

[He]
νυμφίος (nymphios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3566: A bridegroom. From numphe; a bride-groom.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

with
μετ’ (met’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

them?
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(34) Can ye make . . .?--The question is somewhat stronger in form than the simple, "Can the children of the bride-chamber fast?" in the other reports.

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. 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.
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