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Mark 2:18-19

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The Superiority of the New

2:18 Now 1  John’s 2  disciples and the Pharisees 3  were fasting. 4  So 5  they came to Jesus 6  and said, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?” 2:19 Jesus 7  said to them, “The wedding guests 8  cannot fast while the bridegroom 9  is with them, can they? 10  As long as they have the bridegroom with them they do not fast.

1 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.

2 sn John refers to John the Baptist.

3 sn See the note on Pharisees in 2:16.

4 sn John’s disciples and the Pharisees followed typical practices with regard to fasting and prayer. Many Jews fasted regularly (Lev 16:29-34; 23:26-32; Num 29:7-11). The zealous fasted twice a week on Monday and Thursday.

5 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “So” to indicate that in the narrative this question happened as a result of the fasting of John’s disciples and the Pharisees.

6 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 tn Grk “And Jesus.”

8 tn Grk “sons of the wedding hall,” an idiom referring to wedding guests, or more specifically, friends of the bridegroom present at the wedding celebration (L&N 11.7).

9 sn The expression while the bridegroom is with them is an allusion to messianic times (John 3:29; Isa 54:5-6; 62:4-5; 4 Ezra 2:15, 38).

10 tn Questions prefaced with μή (mh) in Greek anticipate a negative answer. This can sometimes be indicated by using a “tag” at the end in English (here the tag is “can they?”).



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