The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,12
although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
When the Lord2 learned of this, he left Judea3 and went back once more to Galilee.
Now he had to go through Samaria.45
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.56
Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"68
(His disciples had gone into the town7 to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan8 woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.a )
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."911
"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well10 and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.11 Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water12 welling up to eternal life."1315
The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty14 and have to keep coming here to draw water."
He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."17
"I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."19
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.1520
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,16 but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."1721
Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming18 when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.1922You Samaritans worship what you do not know;20 we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.2123Yet a time is coming and has now come22 when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit23 and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.24God is spirit,24 and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."25
The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ)25 "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."26
Just then his disciples returned27 and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.28 Could this be the Christb ?"2930
They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi,30 eat something."
But he said to them, "I have food to eat31 that you know nothing about."33
Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will32 of him who sent me and to finish his work.3335Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.3436Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests35 the crop for eternal life,36 so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.37Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps'37 is true.38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."
Many of the Samaritans from that town38 believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did."3940
So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
And because of his words many more became believers.
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."40