John 4:18
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New International Version
The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

New Living Translation
for you have had five husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!"

English Standard Version
for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

New American Standard Bible
for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly."

King James Bible
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For you've had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.""

International Standard Version
because you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true."

NET Bible
for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you have had five husbands, and this man that is with you now is not your husband; this you have spoken truly.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You've had five husbands, and the man you have now isn't your husband. You've told the truth."

Jubilee Bible 2000
for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; this hast thou said with truth.

King James 2000 Bible
For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: that said you truly.

American King James Version
For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly.

American Standard Version
for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband. This thou hast said truly.

Darby Bible Translation
for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom now thou hast is not thy husband: this thou hast spoken truly.

English Revised Version
for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband: in that thou hast spoken truth.

Weymouth New Testament
"for you have had five husbands, and the man you have at present is not your husband. You have spoken the truth in saying that."

World English Bible
for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly."

Young's Literal Translation
for five husbands thou hast had, and, now, he whom thou hast is not thy husband; this hast thou said truly.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:4-26 There was great hatred between the Samaritans and the Jews. Christ's road from Judea to Galilee lay through Samaria. We should not go into places of temptation but when we needs must; and then must not dwell in them, but hasten through them. We have here our Lord Jesus under the common fatigue of travellers. Thus we see that he was truly a man. Toil came in with sin; therefore Christ, having made himself a curse for us, submitted to it. Also, he was a poor man, and went all his journeys on foot. Being wearied, he sat thus on the well; he had no couch to rest upon. He sat thus, as people wearied with travelling sit. Surely, we ought readily to submit to be like the Son of God in such things as these. Christ asked a woman for water. She was surprised because he did not show the anger of his own nation against the Samaritans. Moderate men of all sides are men wondered at. Christ took the occasion to teach her Divine things: he converted this woman, by showing her ignorance and sinfulness, and her need of a Saviour. By this living water is meant the Spirit. Under this comparison the blessing of the Messiah had been promised in the Old Testament. The graces of the Spirit, and his comforts, satisfy the thirsting soul, that knows its own nature and necessity. What Jesus spake figuratively, she took literally. Christ shows that the water of Jacob's well yielded a very short satisfaction. Of whatever waters of comfort we drink, we shall thirst again. But whoever partakes of the Spirit of grace, and the comforts of the gospel, shall never want that which will abundantly satisfy his soul. Carnal hearts look no higher than carnal ends. Give it me, saith she, not that I may have everlasting life, which Christ proposed, but that I come not hither to draw. The carnal mind is very ingenious in shifting off convictions, and keeping them from fastening. But how closely our Lord Jesus brings home the conviction to her conscience! He severely reproved her present state of life. The woman acknowledged Christ to be a prophet. The power of his word in searching the heart, and convincing the conscience of secret things, is a proof of Divine authority. It should cool our contests, to think that the things we are striving about are passing away. The object of worship will continue still the same, God, as a Father; but an end shall be put to all differences about the place of worship. Reason teaches us to consult decency and convenience in the places of our worship; but religion gives no preference to one place above another, in respect of holiness and approval with God. The Jews were certainly in the right. Those who by the Scriptures have obtained some knowledge of God, know whom they worship. The word of salvation was of the Jews. It came to other nations through them. Christ justly preferred the Jewish worship before the Samaritan, yet here he speaks of the former as soon to be done away. God was about to be revealed as the Father of all believers in every nation. The spirit or the soul of man, as influenced by the Holy Spirit, must worship God, and have communion with him. Spiritual affections, as shown in fervent prayers, supplications, and thanksgivings, form the worship of an upright heart, in which God delights and is glorified. The woman was disposed to leave the matter undecided, till the coming of the Messiah. But Christ told her, I that speak to thee, am He. She was an alien and a hostile Samaritan, merely speaking to her was thought to disgrace our Lord Jesus. Yet to this woman did our Lord reveal himself more fully than as yet he had done to any of his disciples. No past sins can bar our acceptance with him, if we humble ourselves before him, believing in him as the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou hast had five husbands,.... Which she either had had lawfully, and had buried one after another; and which was no crime, and might be: the Sadducees propose a case to Christ, in which a woman is said to have had seven husbands successively, in a lawful manner, Matthew 22:25. Or rather, she had had so many, and had been divorced from everyone of them, for adultery; for no other cause it should seem did the Samaritans divorce; seeing that they only received the law of Moses, and rejected, at least, many of the traditions of the elders; and since they are particularly said (y).

"not to be expert in the law of marriages and divorces:''

and the rather this may seem to be the case, as Dr. Lightfoot observes; since these husbands are mentioned, as well as he with whom she lived in an adulterous manner; and which suggests, that she had not lived honestly with them:

and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband; that is, not thy lawful husband, as the Persic version reads, and Nonnus paraphrases; being not married to him at all, though they cohabited as man and wife, when there was no such relation between them:

in that saidst thou truly; or that which is truth: thus Christ the omniscient God, who knew her full well, and the whole of her past infamous conversation, and her present lewd and wicked way of living, exposes all unto her.

(y) T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol 76. 1.



John 4:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
17The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have correctly said, 'I have no husband'; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly." 19The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.…
Cross References
John 4:17
"I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.

John 4:19
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
Treasury of Scripture

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Ezekiel 16:32 But as a wife that commits adultery, which takes strangers instead …

Mark 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, …

Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, …

1 Corinthians 7:10,11 And to the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

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