1When, now, the Lord became aware that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John—2although, indeed, Jesus himself did no baptizing but his disciples did—3he left Ju‧de′a and departed again for Gal′i‧lee.4But it was necessary for him to go through Sa‧mar′i‧a.5Accordingly he came to a city of Sa‧mar′i‧a called Sy′char near the field that Jacob gave to Joseph his son.6In fact, Jacob’s fountain was there. Now Jesus, tired out from the journey, was sitting at the fountain just as he was. The hour was about the sixth.
7A woman of Sa‧mar′i‧a came to draw water. Jesus said to her: “Give me a drink.”8(For his disciples had gone off into the city to buy foodstuffs.)9Therefore the Sa‧mar′i‧tan woman said to him: “How is it that you, despite being a Jew, ask me for a drink, when I am a Sa‧mar′i‧tan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Sa‧mar′i‧tans.)10In answer Jesus said to her: “If you had known the free gift of God and who it is that says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”11She said to him: “Sir, you have not even a bucket for drawing water, and the well is deep. From what source, therefore, do you have this living water?12You are not greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well and who himself together with his sons and his cattle drank out of it, are you?”13In answer Jesus said to her: “Everyone drinking from this water will get thirsty again.14Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.”15The woman said to him: “Sir, give me this water, so that I may neither thirst nor keep coming over to this place to draw water.”
16He said to her: “Go, call your husband and come to this place.”17In answer the woman said: “I do not have a husband.” Jesus said to her: “You said well, ‘A husband I do not have.’18For you have had five husbands, and the [man] you now have is not your husband. This you have said truthfully.”19The woman said to him: “Sir, I perceive you are a prophet.20Our forefathers worshiped in this mountain; but YOU people say that in Jerusalem is the place where persons ought to worship.”21Jesus said to her: “Believe me, woman, The hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will YOU people worship the Father.22YOU worship what YOU do not know; we worship what we know, because salvation originates with the Jews.23Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him.24God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.”25The woman said to him: “I know that Mes‧si′ah is coming, who is called Christ. Whenever that one arrives, he will declare all things to us openly.”26Jesus said to her: “I who am speaking to you am he.”
27Now at this point his disciples arrived, and they began to wonder because he was speaking with a woman. Of course, no one said: “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you talk with her?”28The woman, therefore, left her water jar and went off into the city and told the men:29“Come here, see a man that told me all the things I did. This is not perhaps the Christ, is it?”30They went out of the city and began coming to him.
31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying: “Rabbi, eat.”32But he said to them: “I have food to eat of which YOU do not know.”33Therefore the disciples began saying to one another: “No one has brought him anything to eat, has he?”34Jesus said to them: “My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work.35Do YOU not say that there are yet four months before the harvest comes? Look! I say to YOU: Lift up YOUR eyes and view the fields, that they are white for harvesting. Already36the reaper is receiving wages and gathering fruit for everlasting life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together.37In this respect, indeed, the saying is true, One is the sower and another the reaper.38I dispatched YOU to reap what YOU have spent no labor on. Others have labored, and YOU have entered into the benefit of their labor.”
39Now many of the Sa‧mar′i‧tans out of that city put faith in him on account of the word of the woman who said in witness: “He told me all the things I did.”40Therefore when the Sa‧mar′i‧tans came to him, they began asking him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.41Consequently many more believed on account of what he said,42and they began to say to the woman: “We do not believe any longer on account of your talk; for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this man is for a certainty the savior of the world.”
43After the two days he left there for Gal′i‧lee.44Jesus himself, however, bore witness that in his own homeland a prophet has no honor.45When, therefore, he arrived in Gal′i‧lee, the Gal‧i‧le′ans received him, because they had seen all the things he did in Jerusalem at the festival, for they also had gone to the festival.
46Accordingly he came again to Ca′na of Gal′i‧lee, where he had turned the water into wine. Now there was a certain attendant of the king whose son was sick in Ca‧per′na‧um.47When this man heard that Jesus had come out of Ju‧de′a into Gal′i‧lee, he went off to him and began asking him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of dying.48However, Jesus said to him: “Unless YOU people see signs and wonders, YOU will by no means believe.”49The attendant of the king said to him: “Lord, come down before my young child dies.”50Jesus said to him: “Go your way; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way.51But already while he was on his way down his slaves met him to say that his boy was living.52Therefore he began to inquire of them the hour in which he got better in health. Accordingly they said to him: “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”53Therefore the father knew it was in the very hour that Jesus said to him: “Your son lives.” And he and his whole household believed.54Again this was the second sign Jesus performed when he came out of Ju‧de′a into Gal′i‧lee.