John 4:12
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English Standard Version
Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

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

American Standard Version
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

English Revised Version
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

Webster's Bible Translation
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Weymouth New Testament
Are you greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well, and himself drank from it, as did also his sons and his cattle?"

John 4:12 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Art thou greater (μὴ σὺ μείζων)

The interrogative particle indicates that a negative answer is expected: Surely thou art not. The σὺ, thou, first in the sentence, is emphatic, and possibly with a shade of contempt.

Our father Jacob

The Samaritans claimed descent from Joseph, as representing the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.

Children (υἰοὶ)

Rev., correctly, sons.

Cattle (θρέμματα)

Only here in the New Testament. From (τρέφω) to nourish. A general term for whatever is fed or nursed. When used of animals - mostly of tame ones - cattle, sheep, etc. It is applied to children, fowls, insects, and fish, also to domestic slaves, which, according to some, is the meaning here; but, as Meyer justly remarks, "there was no need specially to name the servants; the mention of the herds completes the picture of their nomadic progenitor."

John 4:12 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom make you yourself?

Isaiah 53:2,3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness...

Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it...

Hebrews 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.

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

John 4:6
Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

John 4:13
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

John 4:20
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."

John 8:53
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?"

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