(28) Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
Now the Pharisees heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(though Jesus Himself didn’t baptize; but His disciples), and when the Lord learned of this and heard about John being thrown in prison,A 3He left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4But He had to go through Samaria.
5So He came to a city in Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, sat by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7When a woman of Samaria came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8(For His disciples had gone into the city to buy food.)
9Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me, a woman of Samaria, for a drink?” (For the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10Jesus answered, saying to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”
11”Sir,” the woman replied, “you have nothing to draw water with and the well is deep. Just where will you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his cattle?”1
13Jesus answered her, saying, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again; 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give will never thirst. For the water that I will give will be as a fountain of water within him, springing up into everlasting life.”
15”Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so that I won’t thirst. Then I won’t have to come here to draw it.”1
16Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and then return.”
17”I have no husband,” the woman replied.
And Jesus said to her, “You have said it well: ‘I have no husband.’ 18For you have had five husbands, and you are not married to the man you now have. What you said is quite true.”
19”Sir,” the woman said to Him, “I perceive that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you people say in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
21And Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship in ignorance; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24God is Spirit,2 and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25The woman said to Him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, who is called Christ. When He comes, He will tell us everything.”
26Then Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you AM.”3
27At this point His disciples returned, and marveled that He talked with the woman; yet no one asked her, “What do you want?” or Him, “Why are you taking with her?”
28The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29”Come, see a man who told me everything that I ever did. Is not this the Christ?” 30Then they left the city and came to Him.
31Meanwhile His disciples urged Him saying, “Master, eat something.”
32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing of.”
33At this His disciples said to one another, “Has someone brought Him something to eat?”
34“My food,” Jesus said to them, “is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work. 35Do not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest.’ Look, I tell you. Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are white and ready to harvest now. 36And he who reaps receives wages; he gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37In this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; other men have labored, and you have benefited from their labors.”
39Now many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I ever did.” 40So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of His own word; 42and they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
(28) Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
John 4:1-42 (KJV)
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. 27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
[A] Mt. 4:12, Mk. 1:14a  The woman may have said this in a scoffing way.  KJV, “God is a Spirit.” (3) KJV, “I that speak unto thee am he.” Many times Jesus used such statements as, “I am the door, I am the way.” But seven times He used just the two words “I am” to describe Himself.. Perhaps He said it like this to emphasize that He was the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14.
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