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1 Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John. 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 (Actually, Jesus was not baptizing people. His disciples were.) 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So he left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Jesus had to go through Samaria. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 He arrived at a city in Samaria called Sychar. Sychar was near the piece of land 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. Jesus sat down by the well because he was tired from traveling. The time was about six o'clock in the evening. 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 went to get some water. 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 the city to buy some food.) 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman asked him, "How can a Jewish man like you ask a Samaritan woman like me for a drink of water?" (Jews, of course, don't associate with Samaritans.) 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 replied to her, "If you only knew what God's gift is and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him for a drink. He would have given you living 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 The woman said to him, "Sir, you don't have anything to use to get water, and the well is deep. So where are you going to get this living 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 You're not more important than our ancestor Jacob, are you? He gave us this well. He and his sons and his animals drank water from it." 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 her, "Everyone who drinks this water will become 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 become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to 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 The woman told Jesus, "Sir, give me this water! Then I won't get thirsty or have to come here to get 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 Jesus told her, "Go to your husband, and bring him here." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 The woman replied, "I don't have a husband." Jesus told her, "You're right when you say that 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've had five husbands, and the man you have now isn't your husband. You've told 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 The woman said to Jesus, "I see that you're a prophet! 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain. But you Jews say that people must worship in Jerusalem." 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 Jesus told her, "Believe me. A time is coming when you Samaritans won't be worshiping the Father 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 don't know what you're worshiping. We [Jews] know what we're worshiping, because salvation comes from the Jews. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Indeed, the time is coming, and it is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for people like that to worship him. 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 a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." 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 is coming. When he comes, he will tell us everything." (Messiah is the one called Christ.) 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Jesus told her, "I am he, and I am speaking to you now." 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 At that time his disciples returned. They were surprised that he was talking to a woman. But none of them asked him, "What do you want from her?" or "Why are you talking to 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 and went back into the city. She told the people, 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 "Come with me, and meet a man who told me everything I've 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 The people left the city and went to meet Jesus. 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, have something to eat." 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 Jesus told them, "I have food to eat that you don't know about." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 The disciples asked each other, "Did someone bring him something to eat?" 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 Jesus told them, "My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work he has given me. 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
35 "Don't you say, 'In four more months the harvest will be here'? I'm telling you to look and see that the fields are 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 person who harvests the crop is already getting paid. He is gathering grain for eternal life. So the person who plants the grain and the person who harvests it are happy 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 In this respect the saying is true: 'One person plants, and another person harvests.' 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 I have sent you to harvest a crop you have not worked for. Other people have done the hard work, and you have followed them in 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 Samaritans in that city believed in Jesus because of the woman who said, "He told me everything I've 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 went to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed in Samaria for 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 Samaritans believed because of what Jesus said. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They told the woman, "Our faith is no longer based on what you've said. We have heard him ourselves, 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 in Samaria, Jesus left for Galilee. 43 After the two days he left for Galilee.
44 Jesus had said that a prophet is not honored in his own country. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 But when Jesus arrived in Galilee, the people of Galilee welcomed him. They had seen everything he had done at the festival in Jerusalem, since they, too, had attended 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 Jesus returned to the city of Cana in Galilee, where he had changed water into wine. A government official was in Cana. His 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 The official heard that Jesus had returned from Judea to Galilee. So he went to Jesus and asked him to go to Capernaum with him to 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 told the official, "If people don't see miracles and amazing things, they won't believe." 48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
49 The official said to him, "Sir, come with me before my little boy dies." 49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50 Jesus told him, "Go home. Your son will live." The man believed what Jesus told him and left. 50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 While the official was on his way to Capernaum, his servants met him and told him that his boy was alive. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
52 The official asked them at what time his son got better. His servants told him, "The fever left him yesterday evening at seven o'clock." 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 boy's father realized that it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." So the official and his entire family became believers. 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 he had come back from Judea to Galilee. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.