John 4

John 4

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is
making and baptizing more disciples than John” 2—although it was
not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— 3

he left Judea and
started back to Galilee. 4But he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came
to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had
given to his son Joseph. 6

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by

his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.” 8

(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The
Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of
me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with
Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and
who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked
him, and he would have given you living water.” 11The woman said to
him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get
that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us
the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13Jesus said to
her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those
who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The
water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up
to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so
that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17The
woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are
right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is


19The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our
ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where
people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21Jesus said to her, “Woman,
believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither
on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not
know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But
the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will
worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these
to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship
in spirit and truth.” 25The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is
coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all
things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to
27Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was
speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why
are you speaking with her?” 28Then the woman left her water jar and
went back to the city. She said to the people, 29“Come and see a man
who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can
he?” 30They left the city and were on their way to him.
31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
33So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him
something to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of
him who sent me and to complete his work. 35Do you not say, ‘Four
months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you,
and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.


36The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal
life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For here the saying
holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for
which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into
their labor.”
39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the
woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40So
when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and
he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his
word. 42They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you
said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that
this is truly the Savior of the world.”
Reader: These are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is
the Messiah, the Son of God,
All: and that through believing, we may have life in his name.

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