New Wine in Old Wineskins

Friday, January 8, 2021

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting (as a ritual), and they came and asked Jesus, “Why are John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fasting, but Your disciples are not doing so?”

Jesus answered, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast while the bridegroom is (still) with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is (forcefully) taken away from them, and they will fast at that time.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk (new) cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the (fermenting) wine will (expand and) burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the wineskins. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”

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