Bible: John 4:4-42

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 1  to pass through Samaria. 2  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 3  called Sychar, 4  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 5  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 6  the well. It was about noon. 7 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 8  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 9  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 10 ) 11  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 12 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 13  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 14  with Samaritans.) 15 

4:10 Jesus answered 16  her, “If you had known 17  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 18  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 19  4:11 Sir,” 20  the woman 21  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 22  is deep; where then do you get this 23  living water? 24  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 25  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 26 

4:13 Jesus replied, 27 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 28  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 29  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 30  of water springing up 31  to eternal life.” 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw 32  water.” 33  4:16 He 34  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 35  4:17 The woman replied, 36 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 37 I have no husband,’ 38  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 39  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 40  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 41  and you people 42  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 43  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 44  a time 45  is coming when you will worship 46  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 47  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 48  4:23 But a time 49  is coming – and now is here 50  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 51  such people to be 52  his worshipers. 53  4:24 God is spirit, 54  and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming(the one called Christ); 55  “whenever he 56  comes, he will tell 57  us everything.” 58  4:26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

The Disciples Return

4:27 Now at that very moment his disciples came back. 59  They were shocked 60  because he was speaking 61  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 62  or “Why are you speaking with her? 4:28 Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, 63  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 64  can he? 65  4:30 So 66  they left the town and began coming 67  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 68 Rabbi, eat something.” 69  4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 4:33 So the disciples began to say 70  to one another, “No one brought him anything 71  to eat, did they? 72  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 73  and to complete 74  his work. 75  4:35 Don’t you say, 76 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 77  and see that the fields are already white 78  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 79  and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together. 4:37 For in this instance the saying is true, 80 One sows and another reaps.’ 4:38 I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

The Samaritans Respond

4:39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, 81 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 82  him to stay with them. 83  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 84  believed. 4:42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one 85  really is the Savior of the world.” 86 

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