“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”
King James Version (KJV)
9:14 Then - While he was at table. #Mark 2:18|; Luke 5:33.
Mt 9:14 Disciples of John. Some who still held aloof from Christ, and really sympathized with the Pharisees (Lu 5:33). Why do we and the Pharisees fast often? The Pharisees fasted twice a week (Lu 18:12), and these disciples imitated them. They could not understand why he did not require similar austerities.