Morever when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrite of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their face, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward – Matthew 6:16.
When ye fast is a reference both to fasting and prescribed under the Mosaic Law in connection with the Day of Atonement, and the voluntary fast of that day. The Pharisees added two fast days, Monday and Thursday of each week as a case of public display and piety. Their sad disfigurement of face and the wearing of mourning garments gave them an opportunity to exhibit their superiority and sanctity before the people. Read More