John 4:42 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 4:42, NIV: "They said to the woman, 'We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.'"

John 4:42, ESV: "They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”"

John 4:42, KJV: "And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."

John 4:42, NASB: "and they were saying to the woman, 'It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.'"

John 4:42, NLT: "Then they said to the woman, 'Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.'"

John 4:42, CSB: "And they told the woman, "We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.""

What does John 4:42 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The first thing that brought these people to hear from Jesus was the Samaritan woman's testimony (John 4:29–30). This is remarkable enough, in that a woman's testimony was not usually respected in that era. Her reference to Jesus' deep knowledge of her past, and the fact that this past might have involved many of the men in town (John 4:17–18) probably added to their motivation. All the same, it was her willingness to act in faith which started the revival in her community (John 4:39).

Once a few people had met Jesus, they invited Him to spend additional time in town (John 4:40). This gave many more opportunities for Jesus to teach and preach. As one would expect, this was even more effective than a brief conversation. Whatever the people of town had thought about Jesus, based on the claims of the Samaritan woman, they now had personal, first-hand confirmation.

Jesus has travelled with His disciples from Jerusalem, into Judea, and now into Samaria. The statement about Jesus being the "Savior of the world" is not only true, it is meant to be a lesson to the disciples. After His resurrection, and just prior to ascending to heaven, Jesus will instruct His disciples. His command then will be to "be [His] witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." What He will ask them to do, He has already done by example.