Jesus Talks To The Samaritan Woman
The Pharisees heard
That Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
2 Although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized,
But His Disciples.
3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea
And when back once more to Galilee.
4 Now He had to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a town called Sychar,
Near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob's Well was there,
and Jesus, tired as He was from the Journey,
Sat down by the Well.
It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water,
Jesus said to her,
'Will you give Me a drink?'
8 (His Disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to Him,
'You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.
How can you ask me for a drink?'
(For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her,
'IF YOU KNEW THE GIFT OF GOD
And who it is that asks you for a drink,
Your would have asked Him
AND HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU LIVING WATER.'
11 'Sir,' the woman said,
'You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.
Where can you get this Living Water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob,
Who gave us the well and drank from it himself,
As did also his sons and his flocks and herds?'
13 Jesus answered,
'EVERYONE WHO DRINKS THIS WATER WILL BE THIRSTY AGAIN,
14 BUT WHOEVER DRINKS THE WATER I GIVE HIM
WILL NEVER THIRST.
INDEED, THE WATER I GIVE HIM
WILL BECOME IN HIM A SPRING OF WATER
WELLING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE.'
15 The woman said to him,
'Sir give me this water
So that I won't get thirsty
And have to keep coming here to draw water.'
16 He told her.
'Go, call your husband and come back.'
17 'I have no husband,' she replied.
Jesus said to her,
'Your are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands,
And the man you now have is not your husband.
What you have just said is quite true.'
19 'Sir,' the woman said,
'I can see that You are a Prophet.
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,
But you Jews claim
That the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.'
21 Jesus declared,
'BELEIVE ME WOMAN, A TIME IS COMING
WHEN YOU WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER
NEITHER ON THIS MOUNTAIN NOR IN JERUSALEM.
22 YOU SAMARITANS WORSHIP WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW;
WE WORSHIP WHAT WE DO KNOW,
FOR SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS.
23 YET A TIME IS COMING AND HAS NOW COME
WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPERS
WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH,
FOR THEY ARE THE KIND OF WORSHIPERS THE FATHER SEEKS.
24 GOD IS SPIRIT,
AND HIS WORSHIPERS MUST WORSHIP
IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.'
25 The woman said,
'I know that Messiah' (called Christ) 'is coming.
When He come, He will explain everything to us.'
26 Then Jesus declared,
'I WHO SPEAK TO YOU AM HE.'
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
27 Just then His Disciples returned
And were surprised t find Him talking with a woman.
But no one asked,
'What do you want?'
Or 'Why are you talking with her?'
28 Then, leaving her water jar,
the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 'Come see a man who told me everything I ever did.
COULD THIS BE THE CHRIST?'
30 They came out of the town
And made their way toward Him.
32 Meanwhile His The Disciples urged Him (Christ Jesus)
Saying, Rabbi eat something.
But He assured them,
I HAVE FOOD (NOURISHMENT) TO EAT
OF WHICH YOU KNOW NOTHING
And have no idea.
So the Disciples said one to another,
Has someone brought Him something to eat?
Jesus said to them,
MY FOOD (NOURISHMENT) IS TO DO THE WILL (PLEASURE)
OF HIM WHO SENT ME
AND TO ACCOMPLISH AND COMPLETELY FINISH HIS WORK.
Do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes?
LOOK! I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields
AND SEE HOW THEY ARE ALREADY WHITE FOR HARVESTING.
ALREADY THE REAPER IS GETTING HIS WAGES--
HE WHO DOES THE CUTTING NOW HAS HIS REWARD--
FOR HE IS GATHERING FRUIT (CROP) UNTO ETERNAL LIFE,
SO THAT HE WHO DOES THE PLANTING
AND HE WHO DOES THE REAPING
MAY REJOICE TOGETHER.
For in this the saying holds true,
One Sows an another Reaps.
30 I SENT YOU TO REAP WHAT YOU HAVE NOT WORKED FOR.
OTHERS HAVE DONE THE HARD WORK,
ANDY YOU HAVE REAPED THE BENEFITS OF THEIR LABOR.'
Many Samaritans Believe
Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him
Because of the woman's Testimony,
'He told me everything I ever did.'
40 So when the Samaritans came to Him,
they urged Him to stay with them,
and He stayed with two days.
41 And because of His words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman,
'We no longer believe just because of what you said;
Now we have heard for ourselves,
And we know that this man really is
The Savior of the World.'
Jesus Heals The Official's Son
43 After the two days He left for Galilee.
44 (Now Jesus Himself had pointed out
That a Prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 When He arrived in Galilee,
the Galileans welcomed Him.
They had seen all that He had done in Jerusalem
At the Passover Feast,
For they also had been there.
46 Once more He visited Cana in Galilee,
Where He had turned the water into wine.
And there was a certain Royal Official
Whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
47 When this man heard
That Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
He went to Him and begged Him to come and heal his son,
Who was close to death.
48 Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,'
Jesus told him,
'You will never believe.'
49 The Royal Official said,
'Sir, come down before my child dies.'
50 Jesus replied,
'You may go. Your son will live.'
The man took Jesus at His Word and departed.
51 While he was still on his way,
His servants met him with the news
That his boy was living.
52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better,
They said to him,
'The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.'
53 Then the father realized
That this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him,
'Your son will live.'
So he and all his household believed.
54 This was the Second Miraculous Sign
That Jesus performed having come from Judea to Galilee.