“When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,”
King James Version (KJV)
4:1 The Lord knew - Though none informed him of it.
Joh 4:1-3 Jesus at Sychar SUMMARY OF JOHN 4: At Jacob's Well. The Woman of Samaria. The Question of Scared Places. God to Be Worshiped in Spirit. The Samaritans Hear the Lord. Jesus Departs to Galilee. The Nobleman's Son Healed. When therefore the Lord knew, etc. These verses tell why Jesus ended his ministry in Judea, for the present, and departed into Galilee. The Pharisees were becoming jealous of his increasing influence and the time had not come for an open conflict.