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