He cometh, therefore, to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the portion of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus, therefore, being wearied from the journey, sat in that condition by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith to her, "Give Me to drink"; for His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore saith to Him, "How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, being a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee, 'Give Me to drink,' thou wouldst have asked Him, and He would have given thee living water."
The woman saith to Him, "Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; whence, then, hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and himself drank of it, and his sons, and his cattle?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Every one that drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall thirst no more forever; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto everlasting life."
The woman saith to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come all the way hither to draw." Jesus saith to her, "Go, call thy husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus saith to her, "Well didst thou say, 'I have no husband'; for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this thou hast said truly." The woman saith to Him, "Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where one must worship."
Jesus saith to her, "Woman, believe Me, that an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem shall ye worship the Father. Ye know not what ye worship; we know what we worship, because salvation is of the Jews. But an hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father also seeketh for such to be His worshippers. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship in spirit and truth."
The woman saith to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming, Who is called Christ; when He cometh, He will tell us all things."
Jesus saith to her, "I that speak to thee am He." And upon this came His disciples, and wondered that He was speaking with a woman. No one, however, said, "What seeketh thou?" or "Why speakest Thou with her?"
Then the woman left her waterpot and went away into the city and saith to the men, "Come, see a man Who told me all things that ever I did: can this be the Christ?" Then they went forth out of the city and came unto Him.
In the meantime, the disciples were entreating Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But He said to them, "I have food to eat that ye know not of." The disciples therefore said to one another, "Hath any one brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus saith to them, "My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and finish His work. Do ye not say, 'It is yet four months and the harvest cometh'? Behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes and see the fields, that they are already white for harvest. He that reapeth receiveth wages and gathereth fruit unto life everlasting, that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: 'The sower is one, and the reaper another.' I sent you to reap that where ye have not toiled. Others have toiled and ye have entered into their toil."
Now many of the Samaritans from that city believed in Him through the statement of the woman, who testified: "He told me all things that ever I did." When, therefore the Samaritans came to Him, they besought Him to abide with them; and He abode there two days. And many more believed because of His word, and said to the woman, "No longer do we believe because of thy report; for we ourselves have heard, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world." Now after the two days, He departed thence into Galilee; for Jesus Himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.