John 4



1 When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2 although Jesus Himself baptized not, but His disciples,

3 He left Judea and came·​·away again into Galilee.

4 But He must pass through Samaria.

5 Then He comes into a city of Samaria called Sychar*, neighboring the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 And the fountain of Jacob was there. Jesus, therefore, having labored on the journey, sat thus at the fountain. It was about the sixth hour.

7 There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus says to her, Give Me to drink;

8 for His disciples had gone·​·away into the city to buy food.

9 Then the Samaritan woman says to Him, How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest of me to drink, who am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews have· no ·dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is who says to thee, Give Me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.

11 The woman says to Him, Lord, Thou hast nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Whence then hast Thou the living water?

12 Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again;

14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst to eternity, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.

15 The woman says to Him, Lord, give me this water, that· I thirst ·not, neither come hither to draw.

16 Jesus says to her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said, I have not a husband. Jesus said to her, Thou hast well said, I have not a husband.

18 For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now has is not thy husband; this is true that thou didst say.

19 The woman says to Him, Lord, I behold that Thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where it·​·is·​·proper to worship.

21 Jesus says to her, Woman, believe Me that an hour comes when neither at this mountain nor at Jerusalem shall you worship the Father.

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know; for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But an hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such who worship Him.

24 God is spirit; and they who worship Him, must worship in spirit and truth.

25 The woman says to Him, I know that Messiah comes, who is called Christ; when He has come, He will announce to us all things.

26 Jesus says to her, I am, who speaks to thee.

27 And on this came His disciples, and marveled that He spoke with a woman; however no·​·one said, What seekest Thou? Or what speakest Thou with her?

28 The woman then left her water-pot, and went·​·away into the city, and says to the men,

29 Come, see a Man who has told me all that I have ever done. Is He not the Christ?

30 Then they went·​·out from the city, and came to Him.

31 And in the meantime the disciples besought Him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

32 But He said to them, I have food to eat which you know not of.

33 Then the disciples said to one another, Has anyone brought Him something to eat?

34 Jesus says to them, My food is that I may do the will of Him who sent Me, and may finish His work.

35 Do you not say that there are yet four·​·months, and harvest comes? Behold, I say to you, Lift·​·up your eyes, and observe the fields, for they are white to harvest already.

36 And he who reaps receives a reward, and gathers fruit to eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 For in this the word is true, that one sows, and another reaps.

38 I sent· you ·out to reap that on which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.

39 And out·​·of that city, many of the Samaritans believed in Him, on·​·account·​·of the word of the woman who testified, He told me all things that I ever did.

40 Therefore when the Samaritans came to Him, they besought Him to remain with them, and He remained there two days.

41 And many more believed because of His word,

42 and said to the woman, We no·​·longer believe because of thy saying, for we have heard Him, and know that this is truly the Saviour of the world, the Christ.

43 And after the two days He went·​·away from·​·there, and came·​·out into Galilee.

44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his·​·own country.

45 When therefore He came into Galilee, the Galileans accepted Him, having seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the festival; for they also came to the festival.

46 Then Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was·​·sick in Capernaum.

47 He, hearing that Jesus comes out·​·of Judea into Galilee, went to Him and besought Him that He would come·​·down and heal his son, for he was·​·about to die.

48 Then Jesus said to him, Unless you see signs and miracles, you will not believe.

49 The nobleman said to Him, Lord, come·​·down before my little·​·child dies.

50 Jesus says to him, Go thy way; thy son lives. And the man believed the word which Jesus said to him, and he went his way;

51 And as he was already coming·​·down, his servants met him, and reported, saying, Thy boy lives.

52 Then he inquired of them the hour in which he recovered*. And they said to him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

53 Then the father knew that it was at that same hour in which Jesus said to him, Thy son lives. And he himself believed, and his whole house.

54 This is again a second sign that Jesus did, when He came out·​·of Judea into Galilee.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.