John 4:18

For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For thou hast had fiue husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband: In that saidest thou truely.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband: that was truly said.
- Basic English Bible

for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom now thou hast is not thy husband: this thou hast spoken truly.
- Darby Bible

For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband: in that thou hast spoken truth.
- Webster's Bible

for you have had five husbands, and the man you have at present is not your husband. You have spoken the truth in saying that.
- Weymouth Bible

for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly."
- World English Bible

for thou hast hadde fyue hosebondis, and he that thou hast, is not thin hosebonde. This thing thou seidist sotheli.
- Wycliffe Bible

for five husbands thou hast had, and, now, he whom thou hast is not thy husband; this hast thou said truly.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 4:18


4:18 Thou hast had five husbands - Whether they were all dead or not, her own conscience now awakened would tell her.


People's Bible Notes for John 4:18


Joh 4:18 Thou hast had five husbands, etc. She had been married five times; the easy divorce laws of the age, permitting a "divorce for any cause" (see PNT "Mt 19:3"), would allow many changes without the death of either party. Some of her husbands may have died; a part were almost certainly divorced. Her sixth alliance did not have even the apology of such a marriage.

Discussion for John 4:18

  • When she states she has no husband this means that the soul woman is not joined with spirit so if she claims no husband then she must be under the bondage of the physical senses. The 5 husbands refer to the 5 senses. If you are not married to the Spirit then your are married to the senses. Jesus representing the Christ or spirit is saying that Christ or spirit is not her husband. He is not referring to himself personally.
  • Emmanuel for verse 18
    The woman had committed fornication with 5 people and therefore spiritually she was married to them without the woman having got married to the men in the court of Law or traditionally. Due to her fornication, she was not paired with the rightful man God had prepared for her. She had committed fornication with the man with whom she was staying with, thatís why she said she did not have a husband but Jesus mentioned that she should go and fetch the her husband whom she stayed with.

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