John 4:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 4:43, NIV: "After the two days he left for Galilee."

John 4:43, ESV: "After the two days he departed for Galilee."

John 4:43, KJV: "Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee."

John 4:43, NASB: "And after the two days, He departed from there for Galilee."

John 4:43, NLT: "At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee."

John 4:43, CSB: "After two days he left there for Galilee."

What does John 4:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' initial reason for travelling through Samaria was to avoid premature conflict with the Pharisees (John 4:1–3). He had left Judea in order to return to Galilee (John 4:43). Coming through Samaria was an unusual choice. Jews, for the most part, hated Samaritans and refused to have any unnecessary contact with them (John 4:9). And yet, the Bible says that Jesus "had to" pass this way. The events which occurred in this chapter explain why: it was the will of God for Jesus to meet these people.

Jesus bucked social conventions in passing through the region. He took an unusual path in speaking to the Samaritan woman (John 4:27). And He probably shocked the disciples by agreeing to stay so long in order to speak with the people (John 4:40). All of this, of course, was explained by the reaction of the Samaritan people: Jesus is "the Savior of the world." His work, the action that gave Him spiritual strength, was to do the will of God (John 4:34), even if that wasn't something others understood.