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John 4

MSG 1 Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed NIV 1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, MSG 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. NIV 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. MSG 3 So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee. NIV 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. MSG 4 To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. NIV 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. MSG 5 He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. NIV 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. MSG 6 Jacob's well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon. NIV 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. MSG 7 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, "Would you give me a drink of water?" NIV 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" MSG 8 (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) NIV 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) MSG 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.) NIV 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. ) MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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'? NIV 11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 13 Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. NIV 13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 16 He said, "Go call your husband and then come back." NIV 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." MSG 17 "I have no husband," she said. NIV 17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 19 "Oh, so you're a prophet! NIV 19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. MSG 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?" NIV 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." MSG 21 "Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. NIV 21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. MSG 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. NIV 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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." NIV 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." MSG 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." NIV 25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." MSG 26 "I am he," said Jesus. "You don't have to wait any longer or look any further." NIV 26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." MSG 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. NIV 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?" MSG 28 The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, NIV 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, MSG 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?" NIV 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?" MSG 30 And they went out to see for themselves. NIV 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. MSG 31 In the meantime, the disciples pressed him, "Rabbi, eat. Aren't you going to eat?" NIV 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." MSG 32 He told them, "I have food to eat you know nothing about." NIV 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." MSG 33 The disciples were puzzled. "Who could have brought him food?" NIV 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" MSG 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. NIV 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. MSG 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! NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 37 That's the truth of the saying, 'This one sows, that one harvests.' NIV 37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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!" NIV 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." MSG 40 They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. NIV 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. MSG 41 A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. NIV 41 And because of his words many more became believers. MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 43 After the two days he left for Galilee. NIV 43 After the two days he left for Galilee. MSG 44 Now, Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up. NIV 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 48 Jesus put him off: "Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe." NIV 48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe." MSG 49 But the court official wouldn't be put off. "Come down! It's life or death for my son." NIV 49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies." MSG 50 Jesus simply replied, "Go home. Your son lives." NIV 50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed. MSG 51 On his way back, his servants intercepted him and announced, "Your son lives!" NIV 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. MSG 52 He asked them what time he began to get better. They said, "The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one o'clock." NIV 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." MSG 53 The father knew that that was the very moment Jesus had said, "Your son lives." NIV 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. MSG 54 This was now the second sign Jesus gave after having come from Judea into Galilee. NIV 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.