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1 (The Pharisees heard that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 Actually, Jesus himself did not baptize anyone; only his disciples did.) 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So when Jesus heard what was being said, he left Judea and went back to Galilee; 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 on his way there he had to go through Samaria. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 In Samaria he came to a town named Sychar, which was not far from the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the trip, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 6 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.
7 (A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink of water. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
8 His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The woman answered, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan - so how can you ask me for a drink?" (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )
10 Jesus answered, "If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water." 10 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."
11 "Sir," the woman said, "you don't have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? 11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don't claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?" 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
13 Jesus answered, "Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life." 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 "Sir," the woman said, "give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water." 15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."
16 "Go and call your husband," Jesus told her, "and come back." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I don't have a husband," she answered. Jesus replied, "You are right when you say you don't have a husband. 17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth." 18 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."
19 "I see you are a prophet, sir," the woman said. 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
20 "My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God." 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God's Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is." 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything." 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Jesus answered, "I am he, I who am talking with you." 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 At that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, "What do you want?" or asked him, "Why are you talking with her?" 27 Just then his disciples returned 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?"
28 Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 "Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?" 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?"
30 So they left the town and went to Jesus. 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, "Teacher, have something to eat!" 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 But he answered, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 So the disciples started asking among themselves, "Could somebody have brought him food?" 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 "My food," Jesus said to them, "is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
35 You have a saying, "Four more months and then the harvest.' But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! 35 Do 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.
36 The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together. 36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
37 For the saying is true, "Someone plants, someone else reaps.' 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work." 38 I 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."
39 Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I have ever done." 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did."
40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days. 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
41 Many more believed because of his message, 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 and they told the woman, "We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world." 42 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."
43 After spending two days there, Jesus left and went to Galilee. 43 After the two days he left for Galilee.
44 For he himself had said, "Prophets are not respected in their own country." 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 When he arrived in Galilee, the people there welcomed him, because they had gone to the Passover Festival in Jerusalem and had seen everything that he had done during the festival. 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.
46 Then Jesus went back to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. A government official was there whose son was sick in Capernaum. 46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to go to Capernaum and heal his son, who was about to die. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 Jesus said to him, "None of you will ever believe unless you see miracles and wonders." 48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
49 "Sir," replied the official, "come with me before my child dies." 49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50 Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live!" The man believed Jesus' words and went. 50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 On his way home his servants met him with the news, "Your boy is going to live!" 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
52 He asked them what time it was when his son got better, and they answered, "It was one o'clock yesterday afternoon when the fever left him." 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."
53 Then the father remembered that it was at that very hour when Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." So he and all his family believed. 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.
54 This was the second miracle that Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.