John 4:23

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the houre commeth, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit, and in trueth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the time is coming, and is even now here, when the true worshippers will give worship to the Father in the true way of the spirit, for these are the worshippers desired by the Father.
- Basic English Bible

But [the] hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for also the Father seeks such as his worshippers.
- Darby Bible

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
- Webster's Bible

But a time is coming--nay, has already come--when the true worshippers will worship the Father with true spiritual worship; for indeed the Father desires such worshippers.
- Weymouth Bible

But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers.
- World English Bible

But the tyme is comun, and now it is, whanne trewe worschiperis schulen worschipe the fadir in spirit and treuthe; for also the fadir sekith suche, that worschipen hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

but, there cometh an hour, and it now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also doth seek such to worship him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 4:23


4:23 The true worshippers shall worship the Father - Not here or there only, but at all times and in all places.


People's Bible Notes for John 4:23


Joh 4:23 The hour cometh, etc. The time is at hand, says the Lord, when a worship of forms, or at holy places, will not meet the demands of the Father. "He must be worshiped" with the heart, in spirit and in truth. Spiritual worship can be offered in any land, wherever the soul can humble itself before God.

Discussion for John 4

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 4:32 BUT HE SAID UNTO THEM I HAVE MEAT TO EAT THAT YOU KNOW NOT OF ---4:34---JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM MY MEAT IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM THAT SENT ME AND TO FINISH HIS WORK JOHN 6:53 THEN SAID JESUS UNTO THEM VERILY VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU EXCEPT YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND DRINK HIS BLOOD YOU HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU ---6:55--- FOR MY FLESH IS MEAT INDEED AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED
  • Insight777
    Jesus is explaining there is no salvation in the Jewish religion. Jesus is the living water meaning the spirit of truth that removes the lies of Abraham and Jacob. Jesus teaches water Baptism for removal of sin and his disciples water baptize new followers. Jesus does not make blood sacrifices
  • A disciple
    The woman who came out to the well at noon-day, was the first one in that town whom the Lord was sent to talk to. There is so much to wonder at and learn from Jesus, how to think about others, and then how to talk to them. He came into a world where everyone was lost, and wandering aimlessly without a shepherd, and trapped in sins. Its the open heart receptive to the truth that God seeks to save.
  • Irene123
    Jn. 4:16-18; Something I noticed, after reading an embarrassing personal question on here, Jesus never did this, not even with the Pharisees. In these 3 vs. He 'led' the woman to where He could get her to admit her fault - without saying, 'how many husbands have you had.' But then - He was God and was - omniscient. But He's still our example - to "Set a watch before my mouth ..... "; Ps. 141:3.
  • Bruce
    Aavtar: Sometimes hurt and pain can run deep. I heard every curse word before I could walk that with my dad yelling at my mom. That would be doing the week when he didn't drink.Friday,Saturday night all Hell broke loose! Sounds like your life was a little harder! Only because of my new life in Christ that I could forgive my dad. Hugged him first time at the age of 34. Christ the best thing ever!
  • A disciple
    One big part of the things Jesus taught, that has always scandalized so many who think they are better than others; is how He said, "The publicans and Harlots go into the kingdom of heaven before you!" and about the woman (who was a sinner) weeping and kissing His feet; "Her sins which are many are forgiven because she loved much." Jesus nowhere condones sinning, but is ever kind to the repentant.

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