Third Sunday in Lent A
5 So he cameI to a SamaritanII cityIII calledIV Sychar,V
nearVI the plot of groundVII that JacobVIII
had givenIX to his sonX Joseph.XI 6 Jacob’s wellXII wasXIII there, and Jesus,XIV
tired outXV by his journey,XVI was sittingXVII by the well. It was about noon.XVIII
7 A Samaritan womanXIX came to drawXX water,XXI and Jesus saidXXII to her, “Give me a drink.”XXIII
8 (His disciplesXXIV had goneXXV to the city to buyXXVI food.)XXVII
9 The SamaritanXXVIII woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew,XXIX askXXX a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in commonXXXI with Samaritans.)XXXII
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knewXXXIII the giftXXXIV of GodXXXV and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you livingXXXVI water.”
11 The woman said to him, “Sir,XXXVII you haveXXXVIII no bucket,XXXIX and the wellXL is deep.XLI Where do you getXLII that living water?
12 Are you greaterXLIII than our ancestorXLIV Jacob, who gave us the wellXLV and with his sons and his flocksXLVI drank from it?”
13 Jesus said to her, “EveryoneXLVII who drinks of this water will be thirstyXLVIII again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.XLIX The water that I will give will becomeL in them
a springLI of water gushing upLII to eternalLIII life.”LIV
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep comingLV here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go,LVI callLVII your husband,LVIII and comeLIX back.”
17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You are rightLX in saying, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had fiveLXI husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have saidLXII is true!”LXIII
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I seeLXIV that you are a prophet.LXV 20 Our ancestors worshipedLXVI
on this mountain,LXVII but you say that the placeLXVIII where people mustLXIX worship is in Jerusalem.”LXX
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believeLXXI me, the hourLXXII is comingLXXIII when you will worship the FatherLXXIV neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvationLXXV is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is comingLXXVI and is now here when the trueLXXVII worshipersLXXVIII
will worship the Father in spiritLXXIX and truth,LXXX for the Father seeksLXXXI such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to him, “I know that MessiahLXXXII is coming”LXXXIII (who is calledLXXXIV Christ).LXXXV
“When he comes,LXXXVI he will proclaimLXXXVII all thingsLXXXVIII to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speakingLXXXIX to you.”
27 Just then his disciples came.XC They were astonishedXCI that he was speaking with a woman, butXCII no one said, “What do you want?”XCIII or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
28 Then the woman leftXCIV her water jarXCV and went backXCVI to the city. She said to the people,XCVII
29 “ComeXCVIII and seeXCIX a manC who told me everythingCI I have ever done!CII
He cannotCIII be the Messiah,CIV can he?” 30 They leftCV the city and were on their wayCVI to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urgingCVII him, “Rabbi,CVIII eatCIX something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have foodCX to eat that you do not know about.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has broughtCXI him something to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My foodCXII is to do the willCXIII of him who sentCXIV me and to completeCXV his work.CXVI
35 Do you not say, ‘Four monthsCXVII more, then comesCXVIII the harvest’?CXIX
ButCXX I tell you, look around you,CXXI and seeCXXII how the fieldsCXXIII are ripeCXXIV for harvesting.
36 The reaperCXXV is already receivingCXXVI wagesCXXVII
and is gatheringCXXVIII fruitCXXIX for eternal life, so that sowerCXXX and reaper may rejoiceCXXXI together.
37 For here the sayingCXXXII holdsCXXXIII true,CXXXIV ‘OneCXXXV sows and anotherCXXXVI reaps.’
38 I sentCXXXVII you to reap that for which you did not labor.CXXXVIII OthersCXXXIX have labored, and you have enteredCXL into their labor.”CXLI
39 ManyCXLII Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,CXLIII “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans cameCXLIV to him, they askedCXLV him
to stayCXLVI with them, and he stayed there twoCXLVII days.CXLVIII 41 And many moreCXLIX believed because of his word.CL
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you saidCLI that we believe, for we have heardCLII for ourselves, and we know that this is trulyCLIII the SaviorCLIV of the world.”CLV
Image credit: “Water Feature at the Maraxel Kish Resort in Kish, Azerbaijan” by Matti Blume, 2019.