Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish…
By these illustrations our Lord conveyed a lesson on the charm of naturalness and the law of congruity in religion,
1. As old cloth and new cloth are one in being cloth, old wine and new are one in being wine; so the religion before Christ and that which He introduced are essentially one in kind, if not in quality.
2. The effect of the forced junction of the old and new would be injurious to both.
(D. Fraser, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
WEB: Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."