John 4:20
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English Standard Version
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”

King James Bible
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

American Standard Version
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our fathers adored on this mountain, and you say, that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.

English Revised Version
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Weymouth New Testament
Our forefathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."

John 4:20 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Our fathers

Probably meaning the ancestors of the Samaritans, as far back as the building of the temple on Mount Gerizim in the time of Nehemiah. This temple had been destroyed by John Hyrcanus, 129 b.c., but the place remained holy, and to this day the Samaritans yearly celebrate there the feast of the Passover. See the graphic description of Dean Stanley, who was present at the celebration ("Jewish Church," vol. 1, Appendix 3).

This mountain

Gerizim, at the foot of which lies the well. Here, according to the Samaritan tradition, Abraham sacrificed Isaac, and met Melchisedek. By some convulsion of nature, the central range of mountains running north and south, was cleft open to its base at right angles to its own line of extension, and the deep fissure thus made is the vale of Nablus, as it appears to one coming up the plain of El Mukhna from Jerusalem. The valley is at least eighteen hundred feet above the level of the sea, and the mountains on either hand tower to an elevation of about one thousand feet more. Mount Ebal is on the north, Gerizim on the south, and the city between. Near the eastern end the vale is not more than sixty rods wide; and there, I suppose, the tribes assembled to hear the "blessings and cursings" read by the Levites (Deuteronomy 27, 28). The panorama seen from the top of Gerizim is about the most extensive and imposing in all Palestine. The summit is a small level plateau. In the midst of the southern end is a sloping rock, said by the Samaritans to be the site of the altar of their temple, and on approaching which they remove their shoes. At the eastern edge of the plateau, a small cavity in the rock is shown as the place on which Abraham offered up Isaac. Ebal is three thousand and seventy-nine feet above the sea-level, and more than two hundred and thirty feet higher than Gerizim.

Ought to worship (δεῖ)

Better, must worship. She puts it as a divine obligation. It is the only true holy place. Compare John 4:24.

John 4:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

fathers.

Genesis 12:6,7 And Abram passed through the land to the place of Sichem, to the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land...

Genesis 33:18-20 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram...

Deuteronomy 27:12 These shall stand on mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar...

Joshua 8:33-35 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges...

Judges 9:6,7 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king...

2 Kings 17:26-33 Why they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which you have removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria...

and ye.

Deuteronomy 12:5-11 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there...

1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, that you have made before me: I have hallowed this house...

1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the LORD...

1 Chronicles 22:1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

2 Chronicles 7:12,16 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard your prayer...

Psalm 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

Psalm 87:1,2 His foundation is in the holy mountains...

Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

Cross References
Genesis 33:20
There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

Deuteronomy 11:29
And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

Joshua 8:33
And all Israel, sojourner as well as native born, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded at the first, to bless the people of Israel.

Isaiah 66:1
Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?

Luke 9:53
But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.

John 4:12
Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock."

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