John 4:22
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English Standard Version
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.

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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Ye know not what (ὁ οὐκ οἴδατε)

Literally, what ye know not. Rev., rightly, that which ye know not. Compare Acts 17:23, where the correct reading is ὃ, what, instead of ὃν, whom: "what therefore ye worship in ignorance." This worship of the unknown is common to vulgar ignorance and to philosophic culture; to the Samaritan woman, and to the Athenian philosophers. Compare John 7:28; John 8:19, John 8:27. The neuter expresses the unreal and impersonal character of the Samaritan worship. As the Samaritans received the Pentateuch only, they were ignorant of the later and larger revelation of God, as contained especially in the prophetic writings, and of the Messianic hope, as developed among the Jews. They had preserved only the abstract notion of God.


Jesus here identifies Himself with the Jewish people. The essence of the true Jewish worship is represented by Him.

Know what we worship (προσκυνοῦμεν ὃ οἴδαμεν)

Literally, and as Rev., we worship that which we know. On know, see on John 2:24. The neuter that which, is used of the true as of the unreal object of worship, perhaps for the sake of correspondence with the preceding clause, or because the object of worship is conceived abstractly and not personally. Compare John 14:9.

Salvation (ἡ σωτηρία)

The word has the article: the salvation, promised and to be revealed in Christ.

Is of the Jews

Rev., rightly, from the Jews (ἐκ). Not therefore belongs to, but proceeds from. See Genesis 12; Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:2. Even the Old Testament idea of salvation is bound up with Christ. See Romans 9:4, Romans 9:5. The salvation is from the Jews, even from that people which has rejected it. See on John 1:19. On the characteristic is from, see on John 1:46. The passage illustrates John's habit of confirming the divine authority of the Old Testament revelation, and of showing its fulfillment in Christ.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye know.

2 Kings 17:27-29,41 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom you brought from there...

Ezra 4:2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said to them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as you do...

Acts 17:23,30 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD...

we worship.

2 Chronicles 13:10-12 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister to the LORD, are the sons of Aaron...

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 came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.


Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come...

Psalm 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob...

Isaiah 12:2,6 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song...

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

Zephaniah 3:16,17 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, Let not your hands be slack...

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes to you: he is just...

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Romans 9:4,5 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God...

Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Cross References
2 Kings 17:28
So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel and taught them how they should fear the LORD.

Isaiah 2:3
and many peoples shall 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 his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Acts 3:26
God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness."

Acts 17:23
For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Romans 3:1
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?

Romans 9:4
They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.

Romans 11:18
do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

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