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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

1Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John,
  2(although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples),
  3he left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.
  4And it was necessary that he pass through Samaria.
  5So he came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph,
  6and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, was sitting, just as he was, by the well. It was about the sixth hour.a
 

7A woman of Samaria came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink”
  8(for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food).
  9So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, asks me for a drink, since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans).
  10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is the one who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have been the one to ask him, and he would have given you living water.”
  11She said to him, “Lord,b you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then do you have that living water?
  12Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his livestock?”
  13Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again,
  14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never ever thirst, but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to life in the age to come.”
  15The woman said to him, “Lord, give me this water so I will not get thirsty, nor come all the way here to draw water.”
  16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”
  17The woman answered and said to him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have rightly said, ‘I have no husband,’
  18for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”
  19The woman said to him, “Lord, I can see that you are a prophet.
  20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you say that in Jerusalem is the Placec where people ought to worship.”
  21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
  22You worship that which you do not know. We worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
  23But the hour is coming and now is here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to be his worshipers.
  24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
  25The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christd). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”
  26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
 

27And at this point his disciples came, and they were amazed that he was speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
  28So the woman left her water jar and went away into the city, and said to the people,
  29“Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
  30They went out of the city, and were coming to him.
 

31In the meanwhile the disciples were asking him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
  32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
  33So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
  34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
  35You have a saying, do you not, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest.’ Listen! I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields—because they are already white and ready to harvest.
  36Whoever reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for life in the age to come, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together.
  37For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
  38I sent you to reap that on which you have not labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
 

39And from that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.”
  40So when the Samaritans came to him they kept on asking him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.
  41And many more believed because of his word,
  42and they said to the woman, “Now it is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
 

43And after the two days he went out from there into Galilee.
  44(Now Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his hometown.)
  45So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him because they had seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also had gone to the feast.
 

Jesus Heals a Nobleman’s Son

46Then he came again to Cana of Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
  47When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and was asking him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
  48Therefore Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not ever believe.”
  49The nobleman said to him, “Lord,e come down before my child dies.”
  50Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
  51And as he was still going down to Capernaum, his servants met him, saying that his son lived.
  52So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”f
  53So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives,” and he himself believed, and his whole house.
  54Now this was a second sign that Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee.
 


a[6]
The 12 hour day started at 6 a.m. The sixth hour was about noon.
b[11]
“Lord” is being used as a respectful form of address, like “Sir.” The woman did not know with whom she was speaking.
c[20]
The Jews called the Temple “the Place,” and so it is capitalized.
d[25]
Lit. “the Anointed One”
e[49]
“Lord” is being used as a respectful form of address, like “Sir.”
f[52]
The seventh hour is about 1 p.m..

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