John 4:4
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English Standard Version
And he had to pass through Samaria.

King James Bible
And he must needs go through Samaria.

American Standard Version
And he must needs pass through Samaria.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was of necessity to pass through Samaria.

English Revised Version
And he must needs pass through Samaria.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he must needs go through Samaria.

Weymouth New Testament
His road lay through Samaria,

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Must needs

Because this was the natural route from Jerusalem to Galilee. Possibly with a suggestion of the necessity arising from the Father's will. John does not put this as a mission undertaken to the Samaritans. Jesus observed the law which He imposed on His disciples (Matthew 10:5).

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Matthew 10:5,6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles...

Luke 2:49 And he said to them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father's business?

Luke 9:51,52 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem...

Luke 17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee.

Cross References
Luke 9:52
And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him.

Luke 22:7
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

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