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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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John 4:1-54

4  So when the Lord found that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John— 2  yet Jesus did not himself baptize, but his disciples— 3  he left Judea and went back to Galilee. 4  And he had to go through Samaria. 5  So he came to a city in Samaria called Sychar, near the piece of land Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6  And there was a well there, Jacob’s well. So Jesus, being spent with travel, was sitting by the well in that condition; it was about twelve o’clock; 7  a woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her “Let me have a drink”; 8  for his disciples had gone off to the city to buy food. 9  So the Samaritan woman said to him “How come you, a Jew, to ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” for the Jews do not associate with the Samaritans. 10  Jesus replied “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you ‘Let me have a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11  She said to him “Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; so where do you get the living water? 12  Do you amount to more than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons and his stock?” 13  Jesus replied “Anyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; 14  but whoever drinks the water that I will give him shall have no thirst forevermore, but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of gushing water to eternal life.” 15  The woman said to him “Sir, give me that water, that I may not be thirsty nor come over here to draw.” 16  He said to her “Go call your husband and come here.” 17  The woman replied “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her “You are right in saying ‘I have no husband,’ 18  for you have had five husbands and the one you have now is no husband of yours; you have told the truth in that.” 19  The woman said to him “Sir, I see you are a prophet. 20  Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you say the place to worship in is at Jerusalem.” 21  Jesus said to her “Believe me, woman, there is a moment coming when you will not be worshiping the Father either on this mountain or at Jerusalem. 22  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, because salvation is of the Jews; 23  but there is a moment coming, and it is here now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth—for the Father aims to have his worshipers such. 24*  God is a spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.” 25*  The woman said to him “I know there is a Messiah coming” (the one who in Greek is called Christ); “when he comes he will tell us the whole story.” 26  Jesus said to her “It is I, I who am speaking to you.” 27  And upon that his disciples came, and wondered that he was talking with a woman; however, nobody said “What are you after?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28  So the woman left her jar and went off to the city and said to the men 29  “Come see a man that told me everything I had done; do you suppose that is the Messiah?” 30  They came out of the city and were coming to him. 31*  In the meantime the disciples asked him “Rabbi, eat something.” 32  But he said to them “I have a meal to eat that you do not know of.” 33  So the disciples said to each other “Did someone bring him something to eat?” 34  Jesus said to them “It is my food that I should do the will of the one who sent me and carry his work through. 35*  You say, do you not, ‘Another four months and harvest comes’? here I am telling you, raise your eyes and look at the fields to see that they are white for harvest already. 36  The reaper gets pay and gathers fruit for eternal life, that together the sower and the reaper may be glad, 37  for in this matter the saying holds good that the sower is one man and the reaper another. 38  I sent you to reap what you have not labored on; others have labored and you have come into their labor.” 39  And out of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the woman’s words as she testified “He told me everything I had done.” 40  So when the Samaritans came to him they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days, 41  and many more believed because of his words 42  and said to the woman “We are no longer believing because of your talk, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this positively is the Savior of the World.” 43  But after the two days he went out from there to Galilee; 44  for Jesus himself attested that a prophet does not have honor in his hometown. 45  So when he came to Galilee the Galileans received him, having seen all the things he did at Jerusalem at the feast; for they too had been to the feast. 46  So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum; 47  this man heard that Jesus had come from Jerusalem to Galilee, and went to him and asked that he would come down and heal his son, for he was going to die. 48  So Jesus said to him “Unless you see tokens and wonders you will not believe”; 49  the official said to him “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50  Jesus said to him “Go along, your son recovers”; the man believed the word Jesus gave him and went. 51  And when he was already coming down his servants met him saying his child was recovering. 52  So he inquired from them the hour at which he showed improvement; so they told him “The fever left him at one in the afternoon yesterday.” 53  So the father knew it was at that hour at which Jesus said to him “your son recovers,” and believed, he and his whole family. 54  This second token Jesus did again when he had come out of Judea to Galilee.


4:24 Var. those who worship him must worship
4:25 Or the whole story about everything
4:31 Lit. “Rabbi, eat.”
4:35 Lit. look at the fields that they