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John 4:1-42 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
3 he left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 He had to pass through Samar'ia. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 So he came to a city of Samar'ia, called Sy'char, near the field 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 so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. 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 There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar'ia?" For Jews have no dealings 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 answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and 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 have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that 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 greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" 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 to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling 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 said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." 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 said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."
17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no 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 he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly." 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 him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." 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, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 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 what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is 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 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks 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 spirit, and 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 Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things." 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he." 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "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 So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to 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 told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?"
30 They went out of the city and were coming to him. 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 So the disciples said to one another, "Has any one brought him food?" 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish 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 not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for 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 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice 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 here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." 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 that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that 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 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he 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 And many more believed because of his word. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this 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."