John 4:16

16 "Go and call your husband," Jesus told her, "and come back."

John 4:16 Meaning and Commentary

John 4:16

Jesus saith unto her
Observing that she continued an ignorant scoffer at him, and his words, determined to take another method with her; and convince her, that he was not a common and ordinary person she was conversing with, as she took him to be; and also what a sinner she was, and what a vicious course of life she had lived; so that she might see that she stood in need of him, as the gift of God, and Saviour of men; and of the grace he had been speaking of, under the notion of living water: saying to her,

go, call thy husband, and come hither;
go directly from hence to the city of Sychar, and call thy husband, and come back hither along with him again: this Christ said, not to have him come to teach and instruct him, and as if he would more readily and easily understand him, and that he might be with her, a partaker of the same grace; but to bring on some further conversation, by which she would understand that he knew her state and condition, and what a course of life she now lived, and so bring her under a conviction of her sin and danger, and need of him and his grace.

John 4:16 In-Context

14 but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life."
15 "Sir," the woman said, "give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water."
16 "Go and call your husband," Jesus told her, "and come back."
17 "I don't have a husband," she answered. Jesus replied, "You are right when you say you don't have a husband.
18 You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth."