John 4




1 Now when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had heard that He was winning and baptizing more disciples than John --
2 though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, it was His disciples --
3 He left Judea and went back again to Galilee.
4 And He had to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph;
6 and Jacob's spring was there. So Jesus, tired from His journey, was sitting by the spring just as He was. It was about noon.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
8 For His disciples had gone into the town to buy some food.
9 So the Samaritan woman said to Him, "How is it that a Jew like you asks a Samaritan woman like me for a drink?" For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered her, "If you just knew what God has to give and who it is that said to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have been the one to ask Him, and He would have given you living water."
11 She said to Him, "You have nothing to draw with, sir, and the well is deep. Where do you get your living water?
12 You are not greater than our forefather Jacob, are you, who gave us this well, and drank from it himself, with all his sons and flocks?"
13 Jesus answered her, "Anyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again;
14 but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never, no never, be thirsty again, for the water that I will give him will become a spring of water that keeps on bubbling up within him for eternal life."
15 The woman said to Him, "Give me this water at once, sir, so I may never get thirsty again, nor have to come so far to draw water."
16 He said to her, "Go and call your husband and come back here."
17 The woman answered, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You were right in saying, 'I have no husband,'
18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."
19 The woman said to Him, "I see that you are a prophet.
20 Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship Him."
21 Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans do not know what you are worshiping; we Jews do know what we are worshiping; for salvation comes from the Jews.
23 But a time is coming -- indeed, it is already here -- when the real worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and reality, for the Father is looking for just such worshipers.
24 God is a spiritual Being, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and reality."
25 The woman said to Him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the One who is called the Christ. When He comes, He will tell us everything."
26 Jesus said to her, "I, the very one who is talking to you, am He!"
27 Just then His disciples came up, and they were surprised to find Him talking with a woman, yet not one of them asked Him, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
28 The woman then left her pitcher and went back to town and said to the people,
29 "Come, see a man who has told me everything I ever did. He is not the Christ, is He?"
30 So the people left town and rushed out to see Him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were asking Him, and saying, "Teacher, eat something."
32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33 So the disciples began to say to one another, "Nobody has brought Him anything to eat, has he?"
34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.
35 Are you not saying, 'In four months more the harvest comes'? Look! I tell you, lift up your eyes and scan the fields, for they are already white for harvesting.
36 Now the reaper is already getting pay, for he is gathering a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together.
37 For in this matter the adage is true, 'One sows, another reaps.'
38 I have sent you to reap a harvest which you have not labored to make. Other men have labored, but you have reaped the results of their labors."
39 Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Him because of the woman's testimony, when she said, "He has told me everything I ever did."
40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they kept on urging Him to stay with them; so He did stay there two days.
41 Then a much larger number believed in Him because of what He said Himself,
42 and they were saying to the woman, "It is not merely because of what you said that we now believe, for we have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He is really the Saviour of the world."
43 After the two days were over, Jesus left there and went on to Galilee,
44 for He Himself declared that a prophet had no honor in his own country.
45 So when He reached Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, for they had seen everything that He had done at the feast in Jerusalem, for they too had attended the feast.
46 So He came back to Cana in Galilee where He had turned the water into wine. Now there was at Capernaum an officer of the king's court whose son was sick.
47 When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to Him and began to beg Him to come down and cure his son, for he was at the point of death.
48 Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will never believe."
49 The king's officer pleaded with Him, "Sir, come down at once before my child is dead!"
50 Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son is going to live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and started home.
51 While he was still coming down, his slaves met him and told him, "Your boy is going to live."
52 So he asked them at what hour he began to get better, and they said to him, "Yesterday at one o'clock the fever left him."
53 Then the father knew that that was the very hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son is going to live." So he and his whole household believed in Jesus.
54 This is the second wonder-work that Jesus performed after He had come back from Judea to Galilee.