John 4:19
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New International Version
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.

New Living Translation
"Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet.

English Standard Version
The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

Berean Study Bible
"Sir," the woman said, "I see that You are a prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
The woman says to Him, "Sir, I understand that You are a prophet.

New American Standard Bible
The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

King James Bible
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sir," the woman replied, "I see that You are a prophet.

International Standard Version
The woman told him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet!

NET Bible
The woman said to him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet.

New Heart English Bible
The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The woman said to him, “My lord, I perceive that you are a Prophet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The woman said to Jesus, "I see that you're a prophet!

New American Standard 1977
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The woman said unto him, Lord, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
The woman said unto him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

American King James Version
The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

American Standard Version
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The woman saith to him: Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
The woman says to him, Sir, I see that thou art a prophet.

English Revised Version
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
The woman saith to him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
"Sir," replied the woman, "I see that you are a Prophet.

World English Bible
The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
The woman saith to him, 'Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet;
Study Bible
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
18In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. You have spoken truthfully.” 19“Sir, the woman said, “I see that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 18:15
"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

Matthew 21:11
The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Luke 7:16
A sense of awe swept over all of them, and they glorified God. "A great prophet has appeared among us!" they said. "God has visited His people!"

Luke 7:39
When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, He would know who this is and what kind of woman is touching Him--for she is a sinner!"

Luke 24:19
"What things?" He asked. "The events involving Jesus of Nazareth," they answered. "This man was a prophet, powerful in speech and action before God and all the people.

John 4:18
In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. You have spoken truthfully."

John 6:14
When the people saw the sign that Jesus had performed, they began to say, "Truly this is the prophet who is to come into the world."

John 7:40
On hearing these words, some of the people said, "This is truly the Prophet."

John 9:17
So once again they asked the man who had been blind, "What do you have to say about Him, since it was your eyes He opened?" "He is a prophet." the man replied.

1 Corinthians 14:25
and the secrets of his heart will be revealed. So he will fall facedown and worship God, proclaiming, "God is truly among you!"
Treasury of Scripture

The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

I perceive.

John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not …

John 1:48,49 Nathanael said to him, From where know you me? Jesus answered and …

2 Kings 5:26 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned …

2 Kings 6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, …

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within …

1 Corinthians 14:24,25 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or …

a prophet.

John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, …

John 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, …

John 9:17 They say to the blind man again, What say you of him, that he has …

Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That …

Luke 24:19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning …

(19) But who can it be who thus enters her mind and reads the pages of her memory as if it were a book? He must be as one of those of olden time of whom she has heard. The tone of reverence prevails again, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet."

Verse 19. - Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. This meant more from a Samaritaness than from a Jewess. The Samaritans accepted the books of Moses, and did not adopt the teaching of the historical or prophetical books, on which the Jews had built up their exaggerated and carnal views of the Messiah and his kingdom. They were not anticipating a King, but a "Prophet like unto Moses." They placed the great Prophet above the King, as a peer of their legislature, and as superior to their rabbis and priests. The sense of standing in the presence of One who looked down into human hearts, justified her in putting the great case of her people and her own sins before him. Let him speak further. Peradventure he will set the relative claims of Zion and Gerizim at rest, so far as approach to the Holy One is concerned. More than ordinary candour was required to make the admission that a Jew might decide the agelong controversy. The woman saith unto him, Sir,.... With another countenance, and a different air and gesture, with another accent and tone of speech, dropping her scoffs and jeers:

I perceive that thou art a prophet; such an one as Samuel was, who could tell Saul what was in his heart, and that his father's asses were found, and where they were, 1 Samuel 9:19; and as Elisha, whose heart went with his servant Gehazi, when Naaman turned to him to meet him, and give him presents; and who could tell, ere the king's messenger came to him, that the son of a murderer had sent to take away his head, 2 Kings 5:26. And such a prophet, that had such a spirit of discerning, this woman took Christ to be; and who indeed is greater than a prophet, and is the omniscient God; who knows all men's hearts, thoughts, words and actions, and needs not that any should testify of them to him; for he knows what is in them, and done by them; and can tell them all that ever they did, as he did this woman, John 4:29. Now in order either to shift off the discourse from this subject, which touched her to the quick; or else being truly sensible of her sin, and willing to reform, and for the future to worship God in the place and manner he had directed, she addressed Christ in the following words. 19, 20. Sir, I perceive, etc.—Seeing herself all revealed, does she now break down and ask what hopes there might be for one so guilty? Nay, her convictions have not reached that point yet. She ingeniously shifts the subject from a personal to a public question. It is not, "Alas, what a wicked life am I leading!" but "Lo, what a wonderful prophet I got into conversation with! He will be able to settle that interminable dispute between us and the Jews. Sir, you must know all about such matters—our fathers hold to this mountain here," pointing to Gerizim in Samaria, "as the divinely consecrated place of worship, but ye Jews say that Jerusalem is the proper place—which of us is right?" How slowly does the human heart submit to thorough humiliation! (Compare the prodigal; see on [1779]Lu 15:15). Doubtless our Lord saw through the fetch; but does He say, "That question is not the point just now, but have you been living in the way described, yea or nay? Till this is disposed of I cannot be drawn into theological controversies." The Prince of preachers takes another method: He humors the poor woman, letting her take her own way, allowing her to lead while He follows—but thus only the more effectually gaining His object. He answers her question, pours light into her mind on the spirituality of all true worship, as of its glorious Object, and so brings her insensibly to the point at which He could disclose to her wondering mind whom she was all the while speaking to.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.
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