John 4:34
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New International Version
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.

English Standard Version
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

King James Bible
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work," Jesus told them.

International Standard Version
Jesus told them, "My food is doing the will of the one who sent me and completing his work.

NET Bible
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “My personal food is that I do the will of him who has sent me and finish His work.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus told them, "My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work he has given me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus said unto them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus said unto them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

American King James Version
Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

American Standard Version
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus says to them, My food is that I should do the will of him that has sent me, and that I should finish his work.

English Revised Version
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus saith to them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Weymouth New Testament
"My food," said Jesus, "is to be obedient to Him who sent me, and fully to accomplish His work.

World English Bible
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus saith to them, 'My food is, that I may do the will of Him who sent me, and may finish His work;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:27-42 The disciples wondered that Christ talked thus with a Samaritan. Yet they knew it was for some good reason, and for some good end. Thus when particular difficulties occur in the word and providence of God, it is good to satisfy ourselves that all is well that Jesus Christ says and does. Two things affected the woman. The extent of his knowledge. Christ knows all the thoughts, words, and actions, of all the children of men. And the power of his word. He told her secret sins with power. She fastened upon that part of Christ's discourse, many would think she would have been most shy of repeating; but the knowledge of Christ, into which we are led by conviction of sin, is most likely to be sound and saving. They came to him: those who would know Christ, must meet him where he records his name. Our Master has left us an example, that we may learn to do the will of God as he did; with diligence, as those that make a business of it; with delight and pleasure in it. Christ compares his work to harvest-work. The harvest is appointed and looked for before it comes; so was the gospel. Harvest-time is busy time; all must be then at work. Harvest-time is a short time, and harvest-work must be done then, or not at all; so the time of the gospel is a season, which if once past, cannot be recalled. God sometimes uses very weak and unlikely instruments for beginning and carrying on a good work. Our Saviour, by teaching one poor woman, spread knowledge to a whole town. Blessed are those who are not offended at Christ. Those taught of God, are truly desirous to learn more. It adds much to the praise of our love to Christ and his word, if it conquers prejudices. Their faith grew. In the matter of it: they believed him to be the Saviour, not only of the Jews but of the world. In the certainty of it: we know that this is indeed the Christ. And in the ground of it, for we have heard him ourselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - Jesus said to them, My food - that which satisfies my strongest desire, and quenches all other desire - is that I may do continuously the will of him that sent me on my mission to this people and to this world. "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God," was the motto and burden of his life. "Not my will, but thine," was the sacrificial cry which redeemed the world. To teach man to do the will of the Father is the motive which sustained him, and the prayer he put upon human lips was, "Thy will be done." Meyer here rightly says that ἵνα is not equal to ὅτι. Some expression is given by it as to the end and purpose of the mysterious life of which we have these sacred illustrations. The doing of the will of God is a perpetual and sublime activity, a continuing, ceaseless purpose; while the completion of the work will be one consummating act, towards which all the daily doing of the will is a preparation, and of which, in some sense, every day we discern a prelibation and forthshadowing. In John 17:4 he says, τελειώσας, "having completed the work thou," etc. This passage points on to that (cf. also John 5:30, 6:38; 7:18; 8:50; 9:4; 12:49, 50; 14:31, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus saith unto them,.... His disciples:

my meat is to do the will of him that sent me. The Ethiopic version reads, "of my Father that sent me", and who is undoubtedly intended. Now as food is pleasant, and delightful, and refreshing to the body of man, so doing the will of God was as delightful and refreshing to the soul of Christ: he took as much pleasure in it, as an hungry man does in eating and drinking. One part of the will of God was to assume human nature; this he had done, and with delight and pleasure: another part of it was to fulfil the law; and this was in his heart, and was his delight, and he was now doing it: and another branch of it was to suffer and die, in the room and stead of his people; and as disagreeable as this was in itself to the human nature, yet he cheerfully agreed to it; and was sometimes, as it were, impatient till it was accomplished; and he voluntarily became obedient to it: no man could, with greater eagerness, fall to eating, when hungry, than Christ went about his Father's will and work, even that which was most ungrateful to him, as man.

And to finish his work; one part of which was to preach the Gospel, and for, which he was anointed and sent; and which he did with great assiduity and constancy: and another part of it was the conversion of sinners by it, whom he was sent to call, and with whom he delighted to be; and was the work he was now about, and took the pleasure in, the text expresses: and beside these miracles were works his Father gave him to finish; such as healing diseases, and dispossessing of devils, and which he went about doing continually, with great delight: but the chief, work of all is, that of redemption and salvation of his chosen ones: this was a work his Father called him to, and sent him into this world to perform, which he gave unto him, and Christ accepted of, and agreed to do; and though it was a very toilsome and laborious one, there being a righteous law to be fulfilled, justice to be satisfied, the sins of all his people to bear, as well as the wrath of God, and the curse of the law, and numerous enemies to grapple with, and an accursed death to undergo; yet with pleasure he performed this: for the joy of his Father's will, accomplishing his counsels and covenant, and his own engagements, and procuring the salvation of his people, he endured the cross patiently, and despised the shame of it. The whole of the and work of God was done by him, just as the Lord commanded it; exactly, according to the pattern given him, with all faithfulness and integrity; with the most consummate wisdom and prudence; with all application, diligence, and constancy, and so as to finish it, and that without the help of any other; and in such a manner that nothing can be added to it to make it more perfect, or that it can be undone again by men or devils: and that the doing and finishing of this were his meat, or as delightful and refreshing to him as meat is to the body, appears from his ready and cheerful engaging in it in eternity; from his early and industrious entrance on it in time; from his constancy in it, when he had begun, insomuch that nothing could deter him from it; nor did he sink and fail under it, nor left it till he had finished it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. My meat is, &c.—"A Servant here to fulfil a prescribed work, to do and to finish, that is 'meat' to Me; and of this, while you were away, I have had My fill." And of what does He speak thus? Of the condescension, pity, patience, wisdom He had been laying out upon one soul—a very humble woman, and in some respects repulsive too! But He had gained her, and through her was going to gain more, and lay perhaps the foundations of a great work in the country of Samaria; and this filled His whole soul and raised Him above the sense of natural hunger (Mt 4:4).

John 4:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Disciples Return and Marvel
33So the disciples were saying to one another, "No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?" 34Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 35"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest '? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.…
Cross References
Psalm 40:8
I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart."

Matthew 3:15
Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

Luke 2:49
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:36
"I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish--the very works that I am doing--testify that the Father has sent me.

John 6:38
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

John 8:29
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

John 17:4
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

John 19:28
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

John 19:30
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

My meat.

John 4:32 But he said to them, I have meat to eat that you know not of.

John 6:33,38 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives …

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Luke 15:4-6,10 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, …

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support …

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John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which …

John 17:4 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: …

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