JOHN 4:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

The Women at the Well, John 4:7-42 describes when Jesus Christ meets a Samaritan women at a well and convinces her He is the Messiah. Other Samaritans come to meet Jesus and invite him to stay with them and they believe the Gospel of Jesus saying, “this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

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“Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?”

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John 4:12 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Art εἶ Thou art Art
thou σὺ Thou thou
greater than μείζων Larger (literally or figuratively, specially, in age) greater than
our ἡμῶν Of (or from) us our
father πατρὸς A "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote) father
Jacob, Ἰακώβ Jacob (i.e., Ja`akob), the progenitor of the Israelites Jacob
which ὃς The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that which
gave ἔδωκεν To give (used in a very wide application, properly, or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection) gave
us ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us us
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
well, φρέαρ A hole in the ground (dug for obtaining or holding water or other purposes), i.e., a cistern or well; figuratively, an abyss (as a prison) well
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
drank ἔπιεν To imbibe (literally or figuratively) drank
thereof ἐξ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) thereof
himself, αὐτὸς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons himself
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
children, υἱοὶ A "son" (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship children
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
cattle? θρέμματα Stock (as raised on a farm) cattle

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  • 10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

  • 11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

  • 12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

  • 13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

  • 14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.




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