Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
1Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and #ch. 3:22, 26baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3he left Judea and departed #ch. 2:11, 12again for Galilee. 4#[Luke 13:33]And he had to pass through Samaria. 5So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field #ver. 12; Gen. 33:19; 48:22; Josh. 24:32that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, #ch. 19:28; [Matt. 4:2; 8:24; 21:18]wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.#4:6 That is, about noon
7A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, #[See ver. 6 above]“Give me a drink.” 8(For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (#Luke 9:53; [ch. 8:48; Ezra 4:3, 10]; See Matt. 10:5For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you #ch. 7:38; Jer. 2:13; 17:13living water.” 11The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12#[ch. 8:53] Are you greater than our father Jacob? #ver. 5He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but #[ch. 6:35, 51, 58; 7:37] whoever drinks of the water that I will give him #[Isa. 49:10; Rev. 7:16] will never be thirsty again.#4:14 Greek forever The water that I will give him will become #ch. 7:38in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, #[ch. 6:34]give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16Jesus said to her, “Go, #ch. 16:8call your husband, and come here.” 17The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that #ch. 9:17; [ch. 6:14] you are #Luke 7:16, 39; See Matt. 21:11a prophet. 20#Gen. 12:6, 7; 33:18, 20; Deut. 11:29; 27:12; Josh. 8:33 Our fathers worshiped on #Judg. 9:7 this mountain, but you say that #See Deut. 12:5 in Jerusalem is #[ch. 11:48]the place where people ought to worship.” 21Jesus said to her, #ch. 2:4 “Woman, believe me, #ver. 23; ch. 5:25, 28; 16:2, 25, 32 the hour is coming when #Zeph. 2:11; Mal. 1:11; 1 Tim. 2:8neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22#[2 Kgs. 17:28-34; Acts 17:23] You worship what you do not know; #Ps. 147:19, 20; Isa. 2:3; Rom. 3:1, 2; 9:4, 5 we worship what we know, for #Ps. 147:19, 20; Isa. 2:3; Rom. 3:1, 2; 9:4, 5 salvation is #Matt. 2:4, 5; Acts 13:23; Rom. 11:26from the Jews. 23But #ver. 21 the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father #[Rom. 8:15; Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Phil. 3:3] in spirit and #Ps. 145:18; [ch. 1:17] truth, for the Father #[ch. 6:44]is seeking such people to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25The woman said to him, “I know that #See ch. 1:41 Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, #Deut. 18:18; [ver. 29]he will tell us all things.” 26Jesus said to her, #ch. 9:35-37“I who speak to you am he.”
27Just then #ver. 8his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29“Come, see a man #ver. 17, 18; [ver. 25]who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, #See ch. 1:38“Rabbi, eat.” 32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33So the disciples said to one another, #[ver. 11, 15; ch. 3:4; 6:34, 52]“Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, #[Job 23:12] “My food is #ch. 5:30; 6:38; 14:31 to do the will of him who sent me and #ch. 5:36; 17:4to accomplish his work. 35Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that #Matt. 9:37; Luke 10:2; [ver. 25, 30]the fields are white for harvest. 36Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that #[Matt. 13:37; Mark 4:14] sower and #ver. 38 reaper #Isa. 9:3; [Amos 9:13]may rejoice together. 37For here the saying holds true, #[Job 31:8]‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap #Josh. 24:13 that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, #[Acts 8:5-17, 25]and you have entered into their labor.”
39Many Samaritans #ver. 5, 8 from that town believed in him #[ch. 17:20] because of #ver. 29the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed #ch. 8:30because of his word. 42They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, #[1 John 5:20] and we know that this is indeed #1 John 4:14; [ch. 3:17; 12:47; 1 Tim. 4:10] the Savior #See ch. 1:29of the world.”
43After #ver. 40the two days he departed for Galilee. 44(For Jesus himself had testified #See Matt. 13:57that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, #ch. 2:23; 3:2 having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For #ver. 20they too had gone to the feast.
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
46So he came again to #ch. 2:1 Cana in Galilee, #ch. 2:9where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47When this man heard that Jesus #ver. 3, 54had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48So Jesus said to him, #ch. 2:18; 6:30; [ch. 20:29]“Unless you#4:48 The Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49The official said to him, “Sir, come down #[ch. 11:21, 32; Mark 5:35; Luke 8:49]before my child dies.” 50Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51As he was going down, his servants#4:51 Or bondservants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour#4:52 That is, at 1 p.m. the fever left him.” 53The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, #Acts 16:34; 18:8; See Acts 11:14and all his household. 54#[ch. 2:11 with ver. 45, 46]This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.