John 4:1-45

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and 1baptizing more disciples than John
2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
3 he left Judea and departed 2again for Galilee.
4 3And he had to pass through Samaria.
5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field 4that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, 5wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.a
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, 6"Give me a drink."
8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (7For Jews have no dealings 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 8living water."
11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
12 9Are you greater than our father Jacob? 10He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock."
13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
14 but 11whoever drinks of the water that I will give him 12will never be thirsty again.b The water that I will give him will become 13in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 The woman said to him, "Sir, 14give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."
16 Jesus said to her, "Go, 15call your husband, and come here."
17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';
18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."
19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that 16you are 17a prophet.
20 18Our fathers worshiped on 19this mountain, but you say that 20in Jerusalem is 21the place where people ought to worship."
21 Jesus said to her, 22"Woman, believe me, 23the hour is coming when 24neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22 25You worship what you do not know; 26we worship what we know, for 27salvation is 28from the Jews.
23 But 29the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father 30in spirit and 31truth, for the Father 32is seeking such people to worship him.
24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
25 The woman said to him, "I know that 33Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, 34he will tell us all things."
26 Jesus said to her, 35"I who speak to you am he."
27 Just then 36his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you seek?" or, "Why are you talking with her?"
28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,
29 "Come, see a man 37who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?"
30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, 38"Rabbi, eat."
32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."
33 So the disciples said to one another, 39"Has anyone brought him something to eat?"
34 Jesus said to them, 40"My food is 41to do the will of him who sent me and 42to accomplish his work.
35 Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that 43the fields are white for harvest.
36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that 44sower and 45reaper 46may rejoice together.
37 For here the saying holds true, 47'One sows and another reaps.'
38 I sent you to reap 48that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, 49and you have entered into their labor."
39 Many Samaritans 50from that town believed in him 51because of 52the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did."
40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.
41 And many more believed 53because of his word.
42 They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, 54and we know that this is indeed 55the Savior 56of the world."
43 After 57the two days he departed for Galilee.
44 (For Jesus himself had testified 58that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.)
45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, 59having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For 60they too had gone to the feast.
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