John 4:24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit, and in trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

God is Spirit: then let his worshippers give him worship in the true way of the spirit.
- Basic English Bible

God [is] a spirit; and they who worship him must worship [him] in spirit and truth.
- Darby Bible

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.
- Webster's Bible

God is Spirit; and those who worship Him must bring Him true spiritual worship."
- Weymouth Bible

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
- World English Bible

God is a spirit, and it bihoueth hem that worschipen hym, to worschipe in spirit and treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

God [is] a Spirit, and those worshipping Him, in spirit and truth it doth behove to worship.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 4:24


4:24 God is a Spirit - Not only remote from the body, and all the properties of it, but likewise full of all spiritual perfections, power, wisdom, love, holiness. And our worship should be suitable to his nature. We should worship him with the truly spiritual worship of faith, love, and holiness, animating all our tempers, thoughts, words, and actions.


People's Bible Notes for John 4:24


Joh 4:24 God [is] a Spirit. Rather, "God is Spirit". This declaration is fundamental. Since he is Spirit, he must receive spiritual worship, and is everywhere present.

Discussion for John 4

  • 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.
  • Irene123
    The Samaritan woman - nothing was even implied she was abused; she just had 5 husbands. Jesus wated to 'bring her out' tho', is why He told her to bring her husband; He knew she would go tell people, "Here is a man that told me all ....."; Jesus was 'preparing' the way for His Apostles.
  • Aavtar Singh Caleb
    Dear all. I truly enjoy reading the book of John. So much so, I can recite it with ease Cpth 4: 4 to 28.

    The samarian woman at tge well reminds me of Mum.She was abused physically, mentally n sexually by my alcoholic father. Both mum n dad could not read n write. It took me 40 long years to forgive my dad for all his flaws as father n a husband.

    Mum eventually left him when I was 12 years old.

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