Today's Verse Analysis

Luke 5:34 Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast,

The Pharisees ask why Jesus's students to not fast.

Spoken to:
The Pharisees

Luke 5:34  Μὴ δύνασθε τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ νυμφῶνος ἐν νυμφίος μετ᾽ αὐτῶν ἐστὶν ποιῆσαι νηστεῦσαι;

KJV Verse:

Luke 5:34 Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

NIV Verse:

Luke 5:34 Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?

What His Listeners Heard:

You do not have the power. These sons of the wedding chamber? During this? The bridegroom is with them! To make them fast.

Lost In Translation:

Jesus is asked why his students don't fast like those of others.  His answer starts by saying his opponents don't have the power but leaves them in suspense about what they lack. He then describes his followers and himself as members of a wedding. Weddings were the era's major celebrations of food and drink. Then comes the punchline: "to make them abstain," which can refer to alcohol as well as food.

KJV w/Translation Issues :

(MW) Can(CW) ye make the children of the bridechamber fast(WF), while(WW) (MW) the bridegroom is with them?

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