John 4:27-38 LEB

The Disciples and the Harvest

27 And at this [point]a his disciples came, and they were astonished that he was speaking with a woman. However, no one said, "What do you seek?" or "Why are you speaking with her?"

References for John 4:27

    • Ÿ 4:27 - *The word "[point]" is not in the Greek text but is implied
      28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into the town and said to the people,b

      References for John 4:28

        •   4:28 - Assuming the term is used here in a generic sense to refer to persons of either gender, it should be translated "people"; if instead the term here refers only to the town leaders or elders who met at the town gate, then "men" would be appropriate
          29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Perhaps this one is the Christ?"
          30 They went out from the town and were coming to him.
          31 In the meanwhile the disciples were asking him, saying, "Rabbi, eat [something]!"c

          References for John 4:31

            • ¡ 4:31 - *Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
              32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."
              33 So the disciples began to sayd to one another, "No one brought him [anything]e to eat, [did they]?"f

              References for John 4:33

                • ¢ 4:33 - *The imperfect tense has been translated as ingressive here ("began to say")
                • £ 4:33 - *Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
                • ¤ 4:33 - *The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here, indicated by the supplied phrase "[did they]" in the translation
                  34 Jesus said to them, "My food is that I do the will of the one who sent me and complete his work.
                  35 Do you not say, 'There are yet four months and the harvest comes'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.g

                  References for John 4:35

                    • ¥ 4:35 - Some interpreters and Bible translations place the word "already" at the beginning of the next verse: "Already the one who reaps receives wages ..."
                      36 The one who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, in order that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together.
                      37 For in this [instance]h the saying is true, 'It is one who sows and another who reaps.'

                      References for John 4:37

                        • ¦ 4:37 - *The word "[point]" is not in the Greek text but is implied
                          38 I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have worked, and you have entered into their work."