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1 Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So Jesus 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 To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given 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 still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was 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 woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, "Would you 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 to the village to buy food for lunch.) 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, "How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" (Jews in those days wouldn't be caught dead talking to 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 answered, "If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, 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, "Sir, you don't even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how 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 Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?" 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 said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst - not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless 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 said, "Sir, give me this water so I won't ever get thirsty, won't ever have to come back to this well again!" 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 He said, "Go call your husband and then come back." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I have no husband," she said. 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're living with now isn't even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough." 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 "Oh, so you're a prophet! 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?" 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 "Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there 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 worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God's way of salvation is made available through the Jews. 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 - it has, in fact, come - when what you're called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. 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 sheer being itself - Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration." 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 The woman said, "I don't know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we'll get the whole story." 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 "I am he," said Jesus. "You don't have to wait any longer or look any further." 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn't believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it. 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 The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 "Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?" 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?"
30 And they went out to see for themselves. 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 In the meantime, the disciples pressed him, "Rabbi, eat. Aren't you going to eat?" 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 He told them, "I have food to eat you know nothing about." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 The disciples were puzzled. "Who could have brought him food?" 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 Jesus said, "The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
35 As you look around right now, wouldn't you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I'm telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what's right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It's harvest time! 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 Harvester isn't waiting. He's taking his pay, gathering in this grain that's ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. 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 That's the truth of the saying, 'This one sows, that one harvests.' 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others." 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 from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman's witness: "He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!" 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 They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
41 A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, "We're no longer taking this on your say-so. We've heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He's 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 the two days he left for Galilee. 43 After the two days he left for Galilee.
44 Now, Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 So when he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, but only because they were impressed with what he had done in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, not that they really had a clue about who he was or what he was up to. 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 Now he was back in Cana of Galilee, the place where he made the water into wine. Meanwhile in Capernaum, there was a certain official from the king's court whose son was sick. 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 and asked that he come down and heal his son, who was on the brink of death. 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 put him off: "Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe." 48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
49 But the court official wouldn't be put off. "Come down! It's life or death for my son." 49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50 Jesus simply replied, "Go home. Your son lives." 50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 On his way back, his servants intercepted him and announced, "Your son lives!" 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 he began to get better. They said, "The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one 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 The father knew that that was the very moment Jesus had said, "Your son lives." 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 now the second sign Jesus gave after having come from Judea into Galilee. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.