Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
4Â Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than Johnâ€” 2Â although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.3Â So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4Â Now he had to go through Samaria. 5Â So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Â Jacobâ€™s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7Â When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, â€œWill you give me a drink?â€ 8Â (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
10Â Jesus answered her, â€œIf you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.â€
11Â â€œSir,â€ the woman said, â€œyou have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Â Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?â€
13Â Jesus answered, â€œEveryone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14Â but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.â€
15Â The woman said to him, â€œSir, give me this water so that I wonâ€™t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.â€
16Â He told her, â€œGo, call your husband and come back.â€
17Â â€œI have no husband,â€ she replied.
Jesus said to her, â€œYou are right when you say you have no husband. 18Â The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.â€
19Â â€œSir,â€ the woman said, â€œI can see that you are a prophet. 20Â Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.â€
21Â â€œWoman,â€ Jesus replied, â€œbelieve me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22Â You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Â Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24Â God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.â€
25Â The woman said, â€œI know that Messiahâ€ (called Christ) â€œis coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.â€
26Â Then Jesus declared, â€œI, the one speaking to youâ€”I am he.â€
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
27Â Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, â€œWhat do you want?â€ or â€œWhy are you talking with her?â€
28Â Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,29Â â€œCome, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?â€ 30Â They came out of the town and made their way toward him.