Matthew 9:16

No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

No man putteth a piece of new cloth vnto an olde garment: for that which is put in to fill it vp, taketh from the garment, & the rent is made worse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And no man putteth a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment; for that which should fill it up taketh from the garment, and a worse rent is made.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And no man puts a bit of new cloth on an old coat, for by pulling away from the old, it makes a worse hole.
- Basic English Bible

But no one puts a patch of new cloth on an old garment, for its filling up takes from the garment and a worse rent takes place.
- Darby Bible

No man putteth a piece of new cloth to an old garment: for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
- Webster's Bible

No one ever mends an old cloak with a patch of newly woven cloth. Otherwise, the patch put on would tear away some of the old, and a worse hole would be made.
- Weymouth Bible

No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made.
- World English Bible

And no man putteth a clout of buystous clothe in to an elde clothing; for it doith awey the fulnesse of the cloth, and a wers breking is maad.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And no one doth put a patch of undressed cloth on an old garment, for its filling up doth take from the garment, and a worse rent is made.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 9:16


9:16 This is one reason, - It is not a proper time for them to fast. Another is, they are not ripe for it. New cloth - The words in the original properly signify cloth that hath not passed through the fuller's hands, and which is consequently much harsher than what has been washed and worn; and therefore yielding less than that, will tear away the edges to which it is sewed.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:16


Mt 9:16 No man putteth, etc. Two illustrations follow to show the folly of patching up, or reforming, an old, worn out religion like Judaism. New cloth. Cloth that has been shrunk. In shrinking it would tear the old cloth around it, and make a worse rent than before.

Discussion for Matthew 9:16

  • Sigmund Ivarsson for verse 16
    This parable is very important to the true believer. It will however when explained be devastating to those who are unbelievers but have done all the things that would make them appear as a believer. The true believer and the false believer are what is spoken of here. The old garment is the lot we were born with, our true spiritual DNA. On earth there are a mixed lot . The children of God and the children of the devil. At the end of times I speak and separate the lots. Those who can believe me are true believers those who cannot are unbelievers disguised as believers with religion and the traditions of men. My words separate the lots , tearing apart the new garment (religion) from the old (the lots). It is the same for the old and the new wine skins. If you have read these words you already know where you belong. If my words comfort you or deeply disturb you it is to late if you read them.
  • Solomon for verse 16
    Old must not add with the New. If it happens worse will be happened.

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