John 4:20

“Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Our fathers worshipped in this mountaine, and ye say, that in Hierusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you {people} say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Our fathers gave worship on this mountain, but you Jews say that the right place for worship is in Jerusalem.
- Basic English Bible

Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where one must worship.
- Darby Bible

Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
- Webster's Bible

Our forefathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."
- Weymouth Bible

Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."
- World English Bible

Oure fadris worschipiden in this hil, and ye seien, that at Jerusalem is a place, where it bihoueth to worschipe.
- Wycliffe Bible

our fathers in this mountain did worship, and ye -- ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where it behoveth to worship.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 4:20


4:20 The instant she perceived this, she proposes what she thought the most important of all questions. This mountain - Pointing to Mount Gerizim. Sanballat, by the permission of Alexander the Great, had built a temple upon Mount Gerizim, for Manasseh, who for marrying Sanballat's daughter had been expelled from the priesthood and from Jerusalem, #Neh 13:28|. This was the place where the Samaritans used to worship in opposition to Jerusalem. And it was so near Sychar, that a man's voice might be heard from the one to the other. Our fathers worshipped - This plainly refers to Abraham and Jacob (from whom the Samaritans pretended to deduce their genealogy) who erected altars in this place: #Gen 12:6|,7, and #Gen 33:18|,20. And possibly to the whole congregation, who were directed when they came into the land of Canaan to put the blessing upon Mount Gerizim, #Deut 11:29|. Ye Jews say, In Jerusalem is the place - Namely, the temple.


People's Bible Notes for John 4:20


Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, etc. Partly to turn attention from her sinful life, and partly to have him settle a great controversy, she appeals to him to say where men ought to worship God. The Jews went up to Jerusalem to the temple. The Samaritans built their temples on "this mountain", Mt. Gerizim. Note that the woman worshiped there because "our fathers" did. The "fathers" were wrong. Many now keep up infant sprinkling and other corruptions because their "fathers" practiced them.

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