But the days will come
And that in a very little time, as they did:
when the bridegroom shall be taken away from
as their master, John, was taken away from them, and now in prison, and therefore it was no wonder they mourned and fasted; signifying, that in a short time he, the bridegroom of his church and people, should be taken away by death:
and then they shall fast in those days;
mourn, and be humbled, of which fasting was, a sign, for the death of their Lord, and on account of the many afflictions and persecutions they should endure for his sake; (See Gill on Matthew 9:15).