Jesus leaves Judea
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.
Jesus in Samaria
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?" 30They left the city and were on their way to see Jesus.
31In the meantime the disciples spoke to Jesus, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
32Jesus said to them, "I have food to eat that you don’t know about."
33The disciples asked each other, "Has someone brought him food?"
34Jesus said to them, "I am fed by doing the will of the one who sent me and by completing his work. 35Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then it’s time for harvest’? Look, I tell you: open your eyes and notice that the fields are already ripe for the harvest. 36Those who harvest are receiving their pay and gathering fruit for eternal life so that those who sow and those who harvest can celebrate together. 37This is a true saying, that one sows and another harvests. 38I have sent you to harvest what you didn’t work hard for; others worked hard, and you will share in their hard work."
39Many Samaritans in that city believed in Jesus because of the woman’s word when she testified, "He told me everything I’ve ever done." 40So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41Many more believed because of his word, 42and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this one is truly the savior of the world."
Jesus arrives in Galilee
43After two days Jesus left for Galilee. (44Jesus himself had testified that prophets have no honor in their own country.) 45When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem during the festival, for they also had been at the festival.
Jesus’ second miraculous sign in Galilee
46He returned to Cana in Galilee where he had turned the water into wine. In Capernaum there was a certain royal official whose son was sick. 47When he heard that Jesus was coming from Judea to Galilee, he went out to meet him and asked Jesus if he would come and heal his son, for his son was about to die. 48Jesus said to him, "Unless you see miraculous signs and wonders, you won’t believe."
49The royal official said to him, "Lord, come before my son dies."
50Jesus replied, "Go home. Your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and set out for his home.
51While he was on his way, his servants were already coming to meet him. They said, "Your son lives!" 52So he asked them at what time his son had started to get better. And they said, "The fever left him yesterday at about one o’clock in the afternoon." 53Then the father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son lives." And he and his entire household believed in Jesus. 54This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did while going from Judea to Galilee.