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John 4:11

    John 4:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The woman said to him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that living water?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The woman said to him, Sir, you have no vessel and the fountain is deep; from where will you get the living water?

    Webster's Revision

    The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water?

    World English Bible

    The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then have you that living water?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

    Definitions for John 4:11

    Whence - From where.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 4:11

    Thou hast nothing to draw with - Ουτε αντλημα εχεις, Thou hast no bucket. Good water is not plentiful in the east; and travelers are often obliged to carry leathern bottles or buckets with them, and a line also, to let them down into the deep wells, in order to draw up water. If the well was in our Lord's time, as it was found by Mr. Maundrell, thirty-five yards deep, it would require a considerable line to reach it; and with such it is not likely that even the disciples of our Lord were provided. The woman might well say, The well is deep, and thou hast nothing to draw with; whence then hast thou that living water?

    Barnes' Notes on John 4:11

    Hast nothing to draw with - It seems that there were no means of drawing water affixed to the well, as with us. Probably each one took a pail or pitcher and a cord for the purpose. In traveling this was indispensable. The woman, seeing that Jesus had no means of drawing water, and not yet understanding his design, naturally inquired whence he could obtain the water.

    The well is deep - If the same one that is there now, it was about 100 feet deep.