New Living Translation
And besides, do you think you're greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?"
King James Bible
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Darby Bible Translation
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?
World English Bible
Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?"
Young's Literal Translation
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who did give us the well, and himself out of it did drink, and his sons, and his cattle?'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:12 Our father Jacob - So they fancied he was; whereas they were, in truth, a mixture of many nations, placed there by the king of Assyria, in the room of the Israelites whom he had carried away captive, 2Kings 17:24. Who gave us the well - In Joseph their supposed forefather: and drank thereof - So even he had no better water than this.
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Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Jacob's well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
Jesus replied, "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.
So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?"
Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"
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