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?"
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?
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?
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?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thy disciples fast not? - Probably meaning that they did not fast so frequently as the others did, or for the same purposes, which is very likely, for the Pharisees had many superstitious fasts. They fasted in order to have lucky dreams, to obtain the interpretation of a dream, or to avert the evil import of a dream. They also fasted often, in order to obtain the things they wished for. The tract, Taanith is full of these fasts, and of the wonders performed thus by the Jewish doctors.
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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.
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, "How is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?"
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."
I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
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