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1 Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, "Jesus is baptizing and making more disciples than John" 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 (though Jesus himself didn't baptize them -- his disciples did). 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 So he left Judea to return to Galilee. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave 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 from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 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 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Please give me a drink." 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?" 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, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give 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 "But sir, you don't have a rope or a bucket," she said, "and this is a very deep well. Where would you 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 And besides, are you greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his cattle enjoyed?" 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 replied, "People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water. 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving 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 "Please, sir," the woman said, "give me some of that water! Then I'll never be thirsty again, and I won't have to come here to haul 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 get your husband," Jesus told her. 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 "I don't have a husband," the woman replied. Jesus said, "You're right! 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 for you have had five husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with now." 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 "Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet. 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?" 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 Jesus replied, "Believe me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here 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 know so little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes 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 and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. 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 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth." 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 The woman said, "I know the Messiah will come -- the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Then Jesus told her, "I am the Messiah!" 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then his disciples arrived. They were astonished to find him talking to a woman, but none of them asked him why he was doing it or what they had been discussing. 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 left her water jar beside the well and went back to the village and told everyone, 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 "Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?" 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?"
30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him. 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat. 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 "No," he said, "I have food you don't know about." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 "Who brought it to him?" the disciples asked each other. 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
35 Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest. 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 harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 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 You know the saying, 'One person plants and someone else harvests.' And it's true. 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest." 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 from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I ever did!" 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 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay at their village. So he stayed for two days, 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
41 long enough for many of them to hear his message and believe. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed 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 At the end of the two days' stay, Jesus went on into Galilee. 43 After the two days he left for Galilee.
44 He had previously said, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own country." 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 The Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen all his miraculous signs. 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 In the course of his journey through Galilee, he arrived at the town of Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in the city of Capernaum whose son was very 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 and was traveling in Galilee, he went over to Cana. He found Jesus and begged him to come 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 asked, "Must I do miraculous signs and wonders before you people will believe in me?" 48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
49 The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies." 49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
50 Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed Jesus' word and started home. 50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
52 He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, "Yesterday afternoon at one o'clock his fever suddenly disappeared!" 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 realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus. 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 Jesus' second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.