For (gar). Explanation of the reason for asking her. Were gone away (apelhluqeisan). Past perfect of apercomai, to go off. They had already gone before she came. To Sychar ( Genesis 539 ). To buy food (ina tropa agoraswsin). Hina in purpose clause with first aorist active subjunctive of agorazw, old verb from agora (marketplace). See Matthew 21:12 . Troph (nourishment) is old word from trepw, to nourish ( Matthew 3:4 ). "Victuals" (plural).