John 4:1–42

Jesus Goes to Galilee

1 Therefore when athe Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and bbaptizing more disciples than John

2 (although aJesus Himself was not baptizing, but His bdisciples were),

3 He left aJudea and went away bagain into Galilee.

4 And He had to pass through aSamaria.

5 So He * came to a city of aSamaria called Sychar, near bthe parcel of ground that cJacob gave to his son Joseph;

6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about 1the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

7 There * came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus * said to her, Give Me a drink.”

8 For His adisciples had gone away into bthe city to buy food.

9 Therefore the aSamaritan woman * said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For bJews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you aliving water.”

11 She * said to Him, “1Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that aliving water?

12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who agave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;

14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him ashall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to beternal life.”

15 The woman * said to Him, “1Sir, agive me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”

16 He * said to her, Go, call your husband and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus * said to her, You have correctly said,I have no husband’;

18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”

19 The woman * said to Him, “1Sir, I perceive that You are aa prophet.

20 aOur fathers worshiped in bthis mountain, and you people say that cin Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

21 Jesus * said to her, Woman, believe Me, aan hour is coming when bneither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

22 aYou worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for bsalvation is from the Jews.

23 But aan hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father bin spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24 God is 1spirit, and those who worship Him must worship ain spirit and truth.”

25 The woman * said to Him, “I know that aMessiah is coming (bHe who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”

26 Jesus * said to her, aI who speak to you am He.

27 At this point His adisciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”

28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and * said to the men,

29 “Come, see a man awho told me all the things that I have done; bthis is not 1the Christ, is it?”

30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “aRabbi, eat.”

32 But He said to them, I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

33 So the adisciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”

34 Jesus * said to them, My food is to ado the will of Him who sent Me and to baccomplish His work.

35 Do you not say,There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white afor harvest.

36 Already he who reaps is receiving awages and is gathering bfruit for clife eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 For in this case the saying is true,aOne sows and another reaps.’

38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

The Samaritans

39 From athat city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “bHe told me all the things that I have done.”

40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

41 Many more believed because of His word;

42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed athe Savior of the world.”

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