Veneration for Places of Ancient Worship
John 4:20-29
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.…

The reverence of this woman for the place where her father worshipped is common to men of every country and every creed. When surrounded by revered walls consecrated by the confessions and thanksgivings of many generations, a solemn awe steals over the heart, which the most gorgeous cathedral, fresh from the hands of the architect, fails to inspire. Nor is this impression produced merely by the-pathetic beauty which clings to noble and stately structures in their decay. We are affected, not because the broken columns and the crumbling tracery, grey with long exposure and covered with the kindly growth of ivy, have a loveliness to the eye far surpassing that which the ancient builders looked upon; the rudest, meanest building, the open moor, the mountain side, if our fathers worshipped there, stir the deepest and most sacred emotions of human nature. To this day the miserable remnant of the Samaritans cling with indestructible affection to their ancient mountain; and among the Jewish people the passion has not been exhausted by the centuries of suffering, shame, and despair. Week by week men and women and little children sit down in the dust outside the walls of the Mosque, which stands where the Temple once stood, and utter loud and grievous wailings over the fall of their beautiful sanctuary, and pray for its restoration.

(R. W. Dale, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

WEB: Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."

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