The Straightforwardness of Jesus
John 4:22-23
You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.…

In speaking here to a Samaritan, He indicates some points in which the Jews were superior, and in which her nation might well follow them: while to the Jews, on the other hand (as in the case of the parable of the good Samaritan, and in His remark after the miracle of healing ten lepers), He takes occasion to notice some superiority in the conduct of Samaritans, wherein their nation might well follow them. Thus He corrects the failings of each by pointing out some superiority in the other: reproving each to their own face, but commending them to others: exactly the converse of that conduct which is too common among those who profess to be His disciples, who, on the contrary, are often in the unchristian habit of flatter. ins people in their presence and slandering them behind their back: keeping their faults from themselves, but making them known to others.

(G. J. Brown, M. A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

WEB: You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

The Spiritual Ignorance of the Samaritans
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