9:14 Then John’s 1 disciples came to Jesus 2 and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 3 fast often, 4 but your disciples don’t fast?” 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 5 cannot mourn while the bridegroom 6 is with them, can they? But the days 7 are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 8 and then they will fast.
1 sn John refers to John the Baptist.
2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been supplied in the translation for clarity.
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 “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).
7 tn Grk “days.”