John 4:7
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New International Version
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"

New Living Translation
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Please give me a drink."

English Standard Version
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

New American Standard Bible
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

King James Bible
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. "Give Me a drink," Jesus said to her,

International Standard Version
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus told her, "Please give me a drink,"

NET Bible
A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me some water to drink."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a woman from Samaria came to draw water and Yeshua said to her, “Give me water to drink.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A Samaritan woman went to get some water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink of water."

Jubilee Bible 2000
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water; Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink.

King James 2000 Bible
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink.

American King James Version
There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said to her, Give me to drink.

American Standard Version
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There cometh a woman of Samaria, to draw water. Jesus saith to her: Give me to drink.

Darby Bible Translation
A woman comes out of Samaria to draw water. Jesus says to her, Give me to drink

English Revised Version
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Webster's Bible Translation
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith to her, Give me to drink.

Weymouth New Testament
Presently there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus asked her to give Him some water;

World English Bible
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."

Young's Literal Translation
there cometh a woman out of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith to her, 'Give me to drink;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:4-26 There was great hatred between the Samaritans and the Jews. Christ's road from Judea to Galilee lay through Samaria. We should not go into places of temptation but when we needs must; and then must not dwell in them, but hasten through them. We have here our Lord Jesus under the common fatigue of travellers. Thus we see that he was truly a man. Toil came in with sin; therefore Christ, having made himself a curse for us, submitted to it. Also, he was a poor man, and went all his journeys on foot. Being wearied, he sat thus on the well; he had no couch to rest upon. He sat thus, as people wearied with travelling sit. Surely, we ought readily to submit to be like the Son of God in such things as these. Christ asked a woman for water. She was surprised because he did not show the anger of his own nation against the Samaritans. Moderate men of all sides are men wondered at. Christ took the occasion to teach her Divine things: he converted this woman, by showing her ignorance and sinfulness, and her need of a Saviour. By this living water is meant the Spirit. Under this comparison the blessing of the Messiah had been promised in the Old Testament. The graces of the Spirit, and his comforts, satisfy the thirsting soul, that knows its own nature and necessity. What Jesus spake figuratively, she took literally. Christ shows that the water of Jacob's well yielded a very short satisfaction. Of whatever waters of comfort we drink, we shall thirst again. But whoever partakes of the Spirit of grace, and the comforts of the gospel, shall never want that which will abundantly satisfy his soul. Carnal hearts look no higher than carnal ends. Give it me, saith she, not that I may have everlasting life, which Christ proposed, but that I come not hither to draw. The carnal mind is very ingenious in shifting off convictions, and keeping them from fastening. But how closely our Lord Jesus brings home the conviction to her conscience! He severely reproved her present state of life. The woman acknowledged Christ to be a prophet. The power of his word in searching the heart, and convincing the conscience of secret things, is a proof of Divine authority. It should cool our contests, to think that the things we are striving about are passing away. The object of worship will continue still the same, God, as a Father; but an end shall be put to all differences about the place of worship. Reason teaches us to consult decency and convenience in the places of our worship; but religion gives no preference to one place above another, in respect of holiness and approval with God. The Jews were certainly in the right. Those who by the Scriptures have obtained some knowledge of God, know whom they worship. The word of salvation was of the Jews. It came to other nations through them. Christ justly preferred the Jewish worship before the Samaritan, yet here he speaks of the former as soon to be done away. God was about to be revealed as the Father of all believers in every nation. The spirit or the soul of man, as influenced by the Holy Spirit, must worship God, and have communion with him. Spiritual affections, as shown in fervent prayers, supplications, and thanksgivings, form the worship of an upright heart, in which God delights and is glorified. The woman was disposed to leave the matter undecided, till the coming of the Messiah. But Christ told her, I that speak to thee, am He. She was an alien and a hostile Samaritan, merely speaking to her was thought to disgrace our Lord Jesus. Yet to this woman did our Lord reveal himself more fully than as yet he had done to any of his disciples. No past sins can bar our acceptance with him, if we humble ourselves before him, believing in him as the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-26. -

(2) The revelations and misunderstandings comprised in the interview with the Samaritaness. Verses 7-9. -

(a) The Giver of all asks alms, submitting to conditions of humanity. Verse 7. - There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. The ἐκ τῆς Σαμαρείας undoubtedly qualifies the word γυνή, and not ἔρχεται; therefore the country, not the city, of Samaria is referred to. Besides, that city was at much too great a distance to be the home of this Samaritaness. There were other springs still nearer to the city of Sychar, which the women of the place would frequent. We need not, with Hengstenberg, suppose that, from a religious motive, one of reverence for the well of Jacob, this woman had chosen the longer walk and greater exertion, in the heat of the day. No hint of the kind occurs. The simple supposition that her home was hard by the well is sufficient to explain the somewhat unusual circumstance that she should have come alone and at midday. No longer, as in ancient times, did women of social position perform this duty (Genesis 24:15; Exodus 2:16). She by her action proclaimed her humble station in life. Hard work is performed by women at the present day in the East and South. Jesus saith to her, Give me to drink. This form of expression is not uncommon. The Lord was not only weary, but veritably thirsty. He had taken upon himself all our innocent desires and cravings. "He would know all, that he might succour all," and was intent upon conferring a blessing by asking a favour. He put it into her power to do him a kindness, just as when God evermore says, "Give me thy heart," when he is yearning to give himself to us. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." He will at once confer on this poor "waif and stray" the unspeakable privilege of bestowing the cup of cold water on the Lord of all. It is not that in the first instant he implied that he was thirsting for her salvation; that interpretation would almost lift the narrative into the purely symbolic region, greatly to its injury, and to the damage of the entire Gospel.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There cometh a woman of Samaria,.... Or "out of Samaria"; not out of the city of Samaria, but out of the country of Samaria; out of Sychar, a city of Samaria: her coming was not by chance, but by the providence of God, and agreeably to his purpose, who orders all things according to the counsel of his will; and it is an amazing instance of grace, that a woman, a Samaritan woman, a lewd and infamous one, should be a chosen vessel of salvation, should be the object of divine favour, and be effectually called by the grace of God; when so many wise, learned, and religious men in Judea, were passed by; and not only so, but she was the happy means of conveying the knowledge of the Saviour to many of her neighbours: she came, indeed,

to draw water; for her present temporal use and service; she little thought of meeting at Jacob's well, with Christ the fountain of gardens, and well of living water; she came for natural water, having no notion of water in a spiritual sense: or of carrying back with her the water of life, even a well of it, springing up to everlasting life:

Jesus saith unto her, give me to drink; that is, water to drink, out of the pot or pitcher, she brought with her, for he was athirst; which is another proof of the truth of his human nature, and of his taking it, with the sinless infirmities of it: though indeed this request was made, to introduce a discourse with the woman, he having a more violent thirst, and a stronger desire, after the welfare of her immortal soul.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Give me to drink—for the heat of a noonday sun had parched His lips. But "in the last, that great day of the feast," Jesus stood and cried, saying, "If any man thirst let him come unto Me and drink" (Joh 7:37).

John 4:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
6and Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:17
The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."

1 Kings 17:10
So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?"

John 4:6
Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

John 4:8
(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
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