John 4:1-29 CEB

1Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was making more disciples and baptizing more than John ( 2although Jesus’ disciples were baptizing, not Jesus himself). 3Therefore, he left Judea and went back to Galilee. 4Jesus had to go through Samaria. 5He came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, which was near the land Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his journey, so he sat down at the well. It was about noon. 7A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me some water to drink." 8His disciples had gone into the city to buy him some food. 9The Samaritan woman asked, "Why do you, a Jewish man, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" (Jews and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other.) 10Jesus responded, "If you recognized God’s gift and who is saying to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would be asking him and he would give you living water." 11The woman said to him, "Sir, you don’t have a bucket and the well is deep. Where would you get this living water? 12You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave this well to us, and he drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." 13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life." 15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!" 16Jesus said to her, "Go, get your husband, and come back here." 17The woman replied, "I don’t have a husband." "You are right to say, ‘I don’t have a husband,’" Jesus answered. 18"You’ve had five husbands, and the man you are with now isn’t your husband. You’ve spoken the truth." 19The woman said, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you and your people say that it is necessary to worship in Jerusalem." 21Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you and your people will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You and your people worship what you don’t know; we worship what we know because salvation is from the Jews. 23But the time is coming—and is here!—when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth. The Father looks for those who worship him this way. 24God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and truth." 25The woman said, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one who is called the Christ. When he comes, he will teach everything to us." 26Jesus said to her, "I Am—the one who speaks with you."#Or It is I, the one who speaks with you. 27Just then, Jesus’ disciples arrived and were shocked that he was talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?" 28The woman put down her water jar and went into the city. She said to the people, 29"Come and see a man who has told me everything I’ve done! Could this man be the Christ?"