1 Now when JesusI learnedII that the PhariseesIII had heard,IV
“Jesus is makingV and baptizingVI moreVII disciplesVIII than John”IX 2 (although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized),
3 he leftX JudeaXI and startedXII back to Galilee.XIII
4 But he had toXIV goXV through Samaria.XVI
5 So he cameXVII to a SamaritanXVIII cityXIX calledXX Sychar,XXI
nearXXII the plot of groundXXIII that JacobXXIV had givenXXV to his sonXXVI Joseph.XXVII
6 Jacob’s wellXXVIII wasXXIX there, and Jesus, tired outXXX
by his journey,XXXI was sittingXXXII by the well. It was about noon.XXXIII
7 A Samaritan womanXXXIV came to drawXXXV water,XXXVI and Jesus saidXXXVII to her, “Give me a drink.”XXXVIII
8 (His disciples had goneXXXIX to the city to buyXL food.)XLI
9 The SamaritanXLII woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew,XLIII askXLIV a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in commonXLV with Samaritans.)XLVI
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knewXLVII the giftXLVIII of GodXLIX and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you livingL water.”
11 The woman said to him, “Sir,LI you haveLII no bucket,LIII and the wellLIV is deep.LV Where do you getLVI that living water?
12 Are you greaterLVII than our ancestorLVIII Jacob, who gave us the wellLIX and with his sons and his flocksLX drank from it?”
13 Jesus said to her, “EveryoneLXI who drinks of this water will be thirstyLXII again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will neverLXIII be thirsty.
The water that I will give will becomeLXIV in them a springLXV of water gushing upLXVI to eternalLXVII life.”LXVIII
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep comingLXIX here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go,LXX callLXXI your husband,LXXII and comeLXXIII back.”
17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You are rightLXXIV in saying, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had fiveLXXV husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have saidLXXVI is true!”LXXVII
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I seeLXXVIII that you are a prophet.LXXIX 20 Our ancestors worshipedLXXX on this mountain,LXXXI
but you say that the placeLXXXII where people mustLXXXIII worship is in Jerusalem.”LXXXIV
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believeLXXXV me, the hourLXXXVI is comingLXXXVII when you will worship the FatherLXXXVIII neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvationLXXXIX is from the Jews.
23 But the hour is comingXC and is now here when the trueXCI worshipersXCII
will worship the Father in spiritXCIII and truth,XCIV for the Father seeksXCV 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 MessiahXCVI is coming”XCVII (who is called Christ).XCVIII
“When he comes,XCIX he will proclaimC all thingsCI to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speakingCII to you.”
27 Just then his disciples came.CIII They were astonishedCIV that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?”CV or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
28 Then the woman left her water jarCVI and went backCVII to the city. She said to the people,CVIII
29 “ComeCIX and seeCX a manCXI who told me everythingCXII I have ever done!CXIII
He cannotCXIV be the Messiah,CXV can he?” 30 They leftCXVI the city and were on their wayCXVII to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urgingCXVIII him, “Rabbi,CXIX eatCXX something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have foodCXXI to eat that you do not know about.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has broughtCXXII him something to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My foodCXXIII is to do the willCXXIV of him who sentCXXV me and to completeCXXVI his work.CXXVII
35 Do you not say, ‘Four monthsCXXVIII more, then comesCXXIX the harvest’?CXXX ButCXXXI I tellCXXXII you,
look aroundCXXXIII you, and seeCXXXIV how the fieldsCXXXV are ripeCXXXVI for harvesting.
36 The reaperCXXXVII is already receivingCXXXVIII wagesCXXXIX
and is gatheringCXL fruitCXLI for eternal life, so that sowerCXLII and reaper may rejoiceCXLIII together.
37 For here the sayingCXLIV holdsCXLV true,CXLVI ‘OneCXLVII sows and anotherCXLVIII reaps.’
38 I sentCXLIX you to reap that for which you did not labor.CL OthersCLI have labored, and you have enteredCLII into their labor.”CLIII
39 ManyCLIV SamaritansCLV from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,CLVI “He told me everything I have ever done.”
40 So when the SamaritansCLVII cameCLVIII to him, they askedCLIX him to stayCLX with them, and he stayed there twoCLXI days.CLXII 41 And many more believed because of his word.CLXIII
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you saidCLXIV that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is trulyCLXV the SaviorCLXVI of the world.”CLXVII
43 When the two days were over, he wentCLXVIII from that place to Galilee 44 (for Jesus himself had testifiedCLXIX that a prophet has no honorCLXX in the prophet’s ownCLXXI country).CLXXII
45 When he cameCLXXIII to Galilee, the GalileansCLXXIV welcomedCLXXV him, since they had seenCLXXVI all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival,CLXXVII for they, too, had goneCLXXVIII to the festival.
46 Then he cameCLXXIX again to CanaCLXXX in Galilee, where he had changedCLXXXI the water into wine.CLXXXII
Now there was a royal officialCLXXXIII whose son lay illCLXXXIV in Capernaum.CLXXXV
47 When he heard that Jesus had comeCLXXXVI from Judea to Galilee, he wentCLXXXVII and beggedCLXXXVIII him to come downCLXXXIX
and healCXC his son, for he was at the point ofCXCI death.CXCII
48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you seeCXCIII signsCXCIV and wondersCXCV you will not believe.”
49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boyCXCVI dies.”CXCVII
50 Jesus said to him, “Go;CXCVIII your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.CXCIX 51 As he was going down,CC his slavesCCI metCCII him
and told him that his childCCIII was alive.CCIV 52 So he askedCCV them the hour when he began to recover,CCVI
and they said to him, “YesterdayCCVII at one in the afternoonCCVIII the feverCCIX leftCCX him.”
53 The father realizedCCXI that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his wholeCCXII household.CCXIII 54 Now this was the secondCCXIV sign that Jesus did after comingCCXV from Judea to Galilee.
Image credit: “The well of the samaritan (Shechem), Napulus, Holy Land, (i.e., Nablus, West Bank)” from the Photochrom Print Collection, between 1890 and 1900.