The Gospel According to John

Chapter 4


The Woman at the Well
1 Now, the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard the report that Jesus was making more disciples than John, and was baptizing. 2 It was, however, not Jesus Himself who baptized, but His disciples. 3 Then He left Judea, going again into Galilee, 4 but He had to go through Samaria. 5 And He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the place that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 And Jacob's well was there.

So Jesus, tired from His journey, sat down by the well. It was then about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." 8 His disciples, meanwhile, had gone to town to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman said to Him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" She said this because the Jews had no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered, "If you had known Who it is that said to you,'Give Me to drink,' you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water." 11 The woman said, "You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where will you obtain the living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well, and who drank from it himself, with his sons and his cattle?"

The Living Water
13 "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again," Jesus answered her. 14 "But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst any more, for the water that I will give him will become within him a well bubbling up into everlasting life."

15 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never again be thirsty, and never again have to come way out here to draw water."

The True Basis of Worship
16 "Go," He said to her, "call your husband and come back here." "The woman answered, "I have no husband." Jesus said, "You are right when you say,'I have no husband.' 18 You have had five husbands, but the one you now have is not your husband. What you said is true."

19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I see that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."

21 "Woman," said Jesus to her, "believe Me that the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You do not know what you worship, but we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But, the hour is coming - and now is near - when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for it is such worshipers the Father wants. 24 God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth."

Jesus, the Messiah
25 "I know," said the woman to Him, "that the Messiah will come - the Christ, as they call Him - and when He comes He will tell us everything." 26 Jesus said to her, "I am He - I, who am talking to you!"

27 Just then the disciples returned, and they were amazed to find Him talking to a woman. No one asked, however, "What do you want?" or "Why are You talking with her?" 28 At this, the woman, leaving her water-pail behind, set off to town, and said to the people, 29 "Come and see a Man who told me everything that I ever did. 30 Is not this the Christ?" The people of the town then came out to see Him.

The Food of the Spirit
31 Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him, "Master, eat something." 32 But He answered them, "I have food which you do not know about." 33 The disciples then said to one another, "Can someone have brought food to him?" 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Don't say,'It is still four months till harvest.' Look! I say to you, lift your eyes and see the fields, how they are already white for harvesting. 36 The reaper not only gets wages, but he also gathers fruit for everlasting life, so that both the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 For this saying holds good,'One man sows and another reaps.' 38 I Sent you to reap where you had not sown. Others have sown, and you have come in for the reaping."

Jesus and the Samaritans
39 Many of the Samaritans had believed on Him at the woman's word when she declared, "He told me everything that I ever did." 40 So when the Samaritans came to Him, they begged Him to stay with them, and He remained there two days. 41 And many more believed on Him because of what He said. 42 They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your word that we believe, for we have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He is truly the Saviour of the world."

43 Then, after two days, He went on from there into Galilee. 44 True, Jesus Himself had said that a prophet has no honor in his own fatherland. 45 Still, when He came back to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, for they had seen all the things that He did at the festival in Jerusalem, for they, too, had been there.

The Healing of the Nobleman's Son
46 Jesus returned, therefore, to Cana of Galilee, where He had made water into wine. And a certain officer, whose son was sick in Capernaum, was there. 47 Having heard that Jesus had come back from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and begged Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. 48 But Jesus said to him, "You will not believe at all unless you see signs and wonders." 49 "Sir," said the nobleman to Him, "come down before my boy dies." 50 Jesus answered him, "Go! your son will live."

The man, believing what Jesus said to him, went his way. 51 As he was still on his way homeward his servants met him, bringing word that his son was better. 52 Then he asked them at what time the crisis had passed, and they told him, "Yesterday at one o'clock the fever left him." 53 The father then knew that it was the exact hour in which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." And he believed, he and his whole household.

54 This was the second miracle that Jesus did when He came from Judea to Galilee.


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