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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary
This mount, spoken of in the Old Testament, became memorable, in after-ages, in the New, for the worship of the Samaritans. Hence, in the conversation the woman at Jacob's well had with Christ, she seemed anxious to know whether they were right. (See John 4:20.) She referred, no doubt, to what the Lord had said by Moses concerning Jerusalem, Deuteronomy 15:5. The mount of Samaria formed a part only of Samaria; for Omri, king of Israel, built Samaria, and bought the hill of Shemer, from whence Samaria took its name. (See 1 Kings 16:23-24.) We have reason to bless the Lord whenever we hear or read of Samaria, from that most interesting discourse, recorded by the Evangelist, which took place here between Jesus and the poor adulteress. What unnumbered discoveries of grace have distressed sinners found in those encouraging words of Jesus! The constraint upon the Lord Jesus to go there to seek and save this sinner, the unprepared, unconscious state of her mind at the time, the tender waitings of Jesus to the hour of her arrival at the well, for he was first there, the tenderness and compassion in all that he said and manifested towards her, his condescension in abiding with the Samaritans two whole days, and the effects wrought upon the hearts of many of the people, as well as this poor woman; these, with numberless other incidents which are found in Christ's visit to Samaria, must always make the very name interesting to the heart of a believer, and especially when the same saving grace which wrought upon this woman's mind hath taken place in ours, so that we can hold out the invitation concerning Christ to others, which she did to her countrymen: "Come, see a man which told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ!" (Read the whole relation, John 4:1-42.)
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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Mount Samaria'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​pmd/​m/mount-samaria.html. London. 1828.