When the Lord 1 learned of this, he left Judea2 and went back once more to Galilee.
Now he had to go through Samaria.3
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.4
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?"5
(His disciples had gone into the town6 to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan7 woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )
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."8
"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 well9 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,
but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.10 Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water11 welling up to eternal life."12
The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty13 and have to keep coming here to draw water."
He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
"I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.
The 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."