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 4:24

  • Mark mcglathery for verse 24
    God is a spirit singular denoted here, duet.6 4 Here o Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. One here is echad in Heb. denotes one in number, not a compound unity that the Strong 's concordance emphatically suggest.
  • If people just take time out, night day to study the Most High 's word, which are his commands, laws, statues, judgements, they would then know when it means when it 's says God is spirit. His law is spiritual his law is truth, also perfect. If his chosen people obey his commands they are then serving worshiping him. Oh yeah, GOD is a man not this ghost or spirit that people think he is. Him that readth let him understand.
  • David L. Rice for verse 24
    God is a Spirit. This is the Father by Himself. You cannot see Him but He can manifest Himself into what ever He wants. He did manifest Himself in the form of a Human in Jesus Christ our Lord. Yet He is small enough We can receive Him as a gift in baptism. His Spirit replaces the tables of Stone the 10 Commandments which is Gods total Righteousness and His Eternal Law is written in our hearts and minds. Upon obedience to the gospel of Jesus and Repentance, we receive three of the greatest gifts known to all of Mankind. 1 the remission of sin 2 the gift of the Holy Spirit and 3 we are added to His congregation of believers. Heb.10
  • Lusio Aiden for verse 24
    I totally agree with the commentaries on Jhn 4:24. The thing here is that, it is the Lord Himself The Son, who knows The Father, has seen The Father, is sent of The Father and is one with The Father who is commanding or giving us instructions as to the acceptable way in which God is to be worshiped. All that is required of us is total obedience to His revealed will in order for us to be 'true worshipers '.If we are true worshipers then that places us in His presence.And if in His presence then our goal is not a too distant reality. We then should ask guide God for the fortifying providence of His Holy Spirit so that He finds us daily to be worthy of worshiping Him in His presence.
  • Kimiti Mwangi for verse 24
    God is a spirit...... God a spirit. A spirit is a form that is in the true image and likeness of God. This is what was created in the 1st account of creation in Genesis chapter 1.
  • Jeus said unto Nicodemus,in (John3:6-7) That which is born of the flesh is flesh;and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
    Marvel not that I said unto thee,Ye must be born again.John 4:24 Jesus declares to the Samaitan woman. God is a spirit; They that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
    Must place an obligation or mandate,not optional, there is no benefit if it is not done in the spiritand in truth. Genesis (3:3-5)shows us how we should worship God with respect, humility,sincerety, honor and reverence Him. God did not have respect for Cain and his offering.It was not offered as worship. But unto Abel, God had respect unto Abel and his offering.Therefore, worship is very spiritual and makes connection with God. The nature of worship involves submission, with the whole soul, mind,feelings,emotions and desires. Worship involves a launching out into the deep so when you let that net down for that draw it is so great, you have no desire to come to where it is shallow.The Psalmist declares,deep rcalleth unto deep at thy water spout. Worship in spirit and in truth reveals the mind of God to His people.

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