IN THOSE DAYS, Jesus came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone to the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Lord, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water springing up to eternal life.”
The woman said to Him, “Lord, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” Jesus said, “You are right in saying that you have no husband because you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
The woman said to Him, “Lord, I see that You are a prophet. Explain to me why our ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you, the Jews, say that the place where people must worship God is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You, Samaritans, worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (Who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am He, the One Who is speaking to you.”
Just then His disciples arrived. They were astonished that He was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do You want?” or, “Why are You speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a Man Who told me everything I have ever done! Could He be the Christ?” The people then left the city and were on their way to Him.
Meanwhile the disciples urged Him saying, “Rabbi, eat something.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has someone brought Him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that both the sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Many Samaritans from that city believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
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