John 4:22
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New International Version
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

New Living Translation
You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.

English Standard Version
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Berean Study Bible
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Berean Literal Bible
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.

New American Standard Bible
"You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

King James Bible
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.

International Standard Version
You don't know what you're worshiping. We Jews know what we're worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews.

NET Bible
You people worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are worshiping what you do not know. We know what we are worshiping, for The Life is of the Jews.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You don't know what you're worshiping. We [Jews] know what we're worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews.

New American Standard 1977
“You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye worship what ye know not; we worship what we know, for saving health is of the Jews.

King James 2000 Bible
You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

American King James Version
You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

American Standard Version
Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye worship ye know not what; we worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.

English Revised Version
Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know: for salvation is from the Jews.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship, for salvation is from the Jews.

Weymouth New Testament
You worship One of whom you know nothing. We worship One whom we know; for salvation comes from the Jews.

World English Bible
You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

Young's Literal Translation
ye worship what ye have not known; we worship what we have known, because the salvation is of the Jews;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
21“Believe Me, woman,” Jesus replied, “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.…
Cross References
2 Kings 17:28
So one of the priests whom they had carried away into exile from Samaria came and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

Isaiah 2:3
And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Acts 3:26
When God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

Acts 17:23
For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with the inscription: To an unknown God. Therefore what you worship as something unknown, I now proclaim to you.

Romans 3:1
What, then, is the advantage of being a Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?

Romans 9:4
the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises.

Romans 11:18
do not boast over those branches. If you do, remember this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Treasury of Scripture

You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

ye know.

2 Kings 17:27-29,41 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of …

Ezra 4:2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and …

Acts 17:23,30 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with …

we worship.

2 Chronicles 13:10-12 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; …

Psalm 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ …

for.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong …

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the …

Isaiah 12:2,6 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation …

Zephaniah 3:16,17 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 9:4,5 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, …

Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe …

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