Our Lord Jesus Christ was able to speak with deep profundity in brief statements, making effective use of parabolic figures. Luke 5:38 is one example, a passage that is part of a slightly larger commentary by Christ, which comprises Luke 5:33-39 (cf., Mat. 9:16-17). He (Jesus) told them this parable: ‘No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, “The old is better”‘ (Luk. 5:36-39).

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