Matthew 9:17

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither doe men put new wine into old bottels: else the bottels breake, and the wine runneth out, and the bottels perish: but they put new wine into new bottels, and both are preserued.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Nor do {people} put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Neither do `men' put new wine into old wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And men do not put new wine into old wine-skins; or the skins will be burst and the wine will come out, and the skins are of no more use: but they put new wine into new wine-skins, and so the two will be safe.
- Basic English Bible

Nor do men put new wine into old skins, otherwise the skins burst and the wine is poured out, and the skins will be destroyed; but they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved together.
- Darby Bible

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
- Webster's Bible

Nor do people pour new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins would split, the wine would escape, and the skins be destroyed. But they put new wine into fresh skins, and both are saved."
- Weymouth Bible

Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."
- World English Bible

Nethir men putten newe wyne in to elde botelis, ellis the botels ben to-broke, and distried, and the wyn sched out. But men putten newe wyne in to newe botels, and bothe ben kept.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Nor do they put new wine into old skins, and if not -- the skins burst, and the wine doth run out, and the skins are destroyed, but they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved together.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 9:17


9:17 New - Fermenting wine will soon burst those bottles, the leather of which is almost worn out. The word properly means vessels made of goats' skins, wherein they formerly put wine, (and do in some countries to this day) to convey it from place to place. Put new wine into new bottles - Give harsh doctrines to such as have strength to receive them.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:17


Mt 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottle. New wine is unfermented wine. The bottles were not of glass, but of skin, the kind that is still used in Palestine, where nothing changes. Old skin bottles would become tender with age and burst during the fermentation of the wine.

Discussion for Matthew 9:17

  • Sunday Chukwuemeka for verse 17
    An old bottle or skin signifies weakness while new wine signifies holy spirit,his power and gifts. Every weak or strong christian earnestly seek one holy ghost gift or the other but do not get it as expected. The reason is that during the manifestation of the gift,the spiritual strength required to sustain spiritual gifts or power is more than what it takes to receive it.So in order to avoid loses,the carriage capacity of a christian is what God considers b 4 releasing his spiritual gift and not his desires. This is similar to what a rational wine tapper considers when choosing bottles or skins for his freshly tapped wines. What matters most to the tapper is the strength of the bottle and not the beauty.The way a weak bottle breaks and wastes itself and the wine to the ground is the way a weak but empowered christian breaks and wastes himself and his holy ghost gift to the devil.For instance if a christian that is hot tempered,proud or unforgiven is endowed with the power to do a variety of miracles.You would guess that one day, he would do something that can put the body of christ to ridicule.
  • the scripture embodies all the answers to our life 's questions, its all there for us to seek and search.
  • Grace Dumangeng Dimalibot for verse 17
    You cannot mix law and Grace. The law kills and Grace saves. When Moses came down from the mountain of sinai, 3000 weredead but Jesus Christ came 3000 were save. You from Grace when you go to the law.
  • Sigmund Ivarsson for verse 17
    If you put this parable into historical context. It would be talking about either wine skins or earthen vessels. We are both vessels of skin and earthen vessels. Bottles is a technology that involves glass which did not come onto the scene for centuries. However the idea is the same. New wine is alive and fermenting while old wine is settled and aging. This parable speaks of believers and unbelievers. You cannot make an unbeliever believe nor can you make a believer into an unbeliever. Mixing old and new is not a good idea. They will ruin each other and probably ruin the vessel too. Religion tries to make a mixture of both. The original lot drawn before the beginning of times and the new doctrines of demons which cannot be mixed with pure truth. Not a bad mixture in the case of port wine but in the kingdom the two are separated by the truth. What you have just read is the wisdom of ages.

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