14 ¶ Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
14 Verse 14. Thy disciples fast not?] Probably meaning that they
did not fast so frequently as the others did, or for the same
purposes, which is very likely, for the Pharisees had many
superstitious fasts. They fasted in order to have lucky dreams,
to obtain the interpretation of a dream, or to avert the evil
import of a dream. They also fasted often, in order to obtain the
things they wished for. The tract, Taanith is full of these
fasts, and of the wonders performed thus by the Jewish doctors.