John 4
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Jesus Goes to Galilee

1Therefore when Jesus 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 were), 3He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. 4And He had to pass through Samaria. 5So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 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.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

7A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How do You, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, being 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 it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11She said to Him, “[†]Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 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 thirst—ever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15The woman said to Him, “[†]Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come back here to draw.” 16He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come back here.” 17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 19The woman said to Him, “[†]Sir, I see that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks 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 Messiah is coming (He who is called [†]Christ); when He comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

27And at this point His disciples came, and they were marveling that He was speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You speaking with her?” 28So the woman left her water jar, and went into the city and said to the men, 29“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; is this not the [†]Christ?” 30They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

31Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33So the disciples were saying to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. 35Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36Even now he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

Many Samaritans Believe

39From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who bore witness, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of His word; 42and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is truly the Savior of the world.”

43And after the two days He went from there into Galilee. 44For Jesus Himself bore witness that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves also went to the feast.

Jesus Heals a Royal Official’s Son

46Then He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official 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 about to die. 48So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see [†]signs and wonders, you will never believe.” 49The royal official said to Him, “[†]Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. 51And while he was still going down, his slaves met him, saying that his [†]son was alive. 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.” 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 household. 54This is again a second [†]sign that Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

6 Perhaps 6 p.m. Roman time or noon Jewish time
11 Or Lord
15 Or Lord
19 Or Lord
24 Or Spirit
25 Gr Christos; lit Anointed One
29 Messiah
48 Or attesting miracles
49 Or Lord
51 Or boy
52 Perhaps 7 p.m. Roman time or 1 p.m. Jewish time
54 Or attesting miracle

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