John 4:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 4:5, NIV: "So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph."

John 4:5, ESV: "So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph."

John 4:5, KJV: "Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph."

John 4:5, NASB: "So He *came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;"

John 4:5, NLT: "Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph."

John 4:5, CSB: "so he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph."

What does John 4:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Genesis 33:18–20 explains how Jacob acquired this piece of land. After being reunited with his estranged brother Esau, Jacob looks for a plot of land to build a settlement. He finds one and buys it from the sons of Hamor. Jacob was renamed "Israel" by God, and became the patriarch of both the Jewish and Samaritan people (Genesis 32:28). Later, in Genesis 48:21–22, Israel (Jacob) would give this piece of land to his son, Joseph (Joshua 24:32).

For Jesus to be here was unusual. Samaritans were half-Jewish and half-Gentile. So, they were reviled by most Jews. This not only meant avoiding them, but refusing to have any contact with them (John 4:9). Jesus, however, is here on a divine mission (John 4:4). His upcoming conversation with the woman at the well will not only provide valuable spiritual teachings, it will begin the process of spreading the gospel to the entire world (John 4:42).