as soon as the Lord LORD was aware that the Pharisees had heard it said the report, "Jesus is gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,"
though (and yet Jesus Himself did not baptize them the people, but His disciples did.)
3 So, He left Jud
aea and returned to Galilee.
road lay route went through Samaria,
so on the way, He came to Sychar, a town in Samaria near the piece parcel of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Jacob's Well The spring bearing Jacob’s name was there: and accordingly, Jesus, tired out with from His journey, sat down by the well to rest. It was about the noon hour.
there came a woman of Samaria came to draw water and Jesus asked her to give Him some water to drink;
8 for His disciples were away, having gone into the town to buy provisions.
9 "How is it," replied the woman, "that a
Jew Judean like you asks me, who am a Samaritan woman, for water?" (For Jews Judeans have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered by saying, "If you had known God's free gift
," replied Jesus, " and who it is that said to you, `Give me some water,' you would have asked Him, and He, in turn, would have given you living water."
11 "Sir," she said, "you have no
thing vessel to draw with, and the well is deep; so where can where do you get the this living water from?
12 Are you greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well, and who himself drank from it, as did
also his sons and his cattle livestock?"
"Every one," replied Jesus answered her saying, "All who drink this water will thirst again;
14 but those who drink the water that I give them will never, ever thirst; for what I give a person will become a fountain within of water welling up to eternal Life."
15 "Sir," said the woman, "give me that water, that I may never be thirsty, nor
continually be coming all the way here continually to draw from the well."
and call your husband," said Jesus, "and then come back."
17 "I have no husband," she replied. "You
rightly say that you have no husband spoke well," said Jesus;
18 "for you have had five husbands, and the man you
have are with at present is not your husband. You have spoken the There is truth in what you say." saying that."
19 "Sir," replied the woman, "I see that you are a prophet.
20 Our forefathers worshipped
on in this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 "Believe me," said Jesus, "the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You worship that of which you know nothing. We worship that which we know; for salvation comes from the Jews.
23 But a time is coming--indeed, has already come--when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for indeed the Father desires such worshippers.
24 God is Spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
25 "I know," replied the woman, "that Messiah is coming--`the Christ,' as He is called. When He has come, He will tell us everything."
26 "I am He," said Jesus--"I who am now talking to you."
27 Just then His disciples came, and were surprised to find Him talking with a woman. Yet not one of them asked Him, "What are you seeking?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
28 So the woman, leaving her pitcher, went away to the town, and called the people.
29 "Come," she said, "and see a man who has told me everything I have ever done. Can this be the Christ, do you think?"
30 They left the town and made their way to see Him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Jesus. "Rabbi," they said, "eat something."
32 "I have food to eat," He replied, "of which you do not know."
33 So the disciples began questioning one another. "Can it be," they said, "that some one has brought Him something to eat?"
34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to be obedient to Him who sent me, and to accomplish His work.
35 Are you not saying, `It wants four months yet to the harvest?’ But look round, I tell you, and observe these plains—how they are ripe for the harvest.
36 Already the reaper is getting pay and gathering in a crop in preparation for eternal Life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
37 in this you see the real meaning of the saying, `One sows, but another reaps.'
38 I have sent you to reap a harvest which is not the result of your own labours. Others have laboured, and you are getting the benefit from their labour."
39 Of the Samaritan population of that town a good many believed in Him because of the woman's statement when she declared, "He told me all that I have ever done."
40 When the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
41 Then a far larger number of people believed because of His own words,
42 and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe in Him simply because of your statement; we have now heard for ourselves, and we know that this really is the Saviour of the world."
43 After the two days He departed, and went into Galilee;
44 though Jesus Himself declared that a prophet has no honour in his own country.
45 So when He reached Galilee, the Galilaeans welcomed Him eagerly, having been eye-witnesses of all that He had done in Jerusalem at the Festival; for they also had been to the Festival.
46 So He came once more to Cana in Galilee, where He had made the water into wine. Now there was a certain official of the King's court whose son was ill at Capernaum.
47 Having heard that Jesus had come from Judaea to Galilee, he came to Him and begged Him to go down and cure his son; for he was at the point of death.
48 "Unless you and others see signs and marvels," said Jesus, "nothing will induce you to believe."
49 "Sir," pleaded the official, "come down before my child dies."
50 "You may return home," replied Jesus; "your son is alive." He believed the words of Jesus, and started back home;
51 and he was already on his way down when his servants met him and told him that his son was alive.
52 So he inquired of them at what hour he had shown improvement. "Yesterday, about one o'clock," they replied, "the fever left him."
53 Then the father recollected that that was the time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son is alive," and he and his whole household became believers.
54 This is the second miracle that Jesus performed, after coming from Judaea into Galilee.