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John 4 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:1 - Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:2 - (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:3 - he left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:4 - He had to pass through Samar'ia.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:5 - So he came to a city of Samar'ia, called Sy'char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:6 - Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:7 - There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:8 - For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:9 - The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar'ia?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:10 - Jesus 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 living water."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:11 - The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:12 - Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?"
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:13 - Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:14 - but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:15 - The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:16 - Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:17 - The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:18 - for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:19 - The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:20 - Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:21 - Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:22 - You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:23 - But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:24 - God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:25 - The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:26 - Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:27 - Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "Why are you talking with her?"
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:28 - So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:29 - "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?"
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:30 - They went out of the city and were coming to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:31 - Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:32 - But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:33 - So the disciples said to one another, "Has any one brought him food?"
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:34 - Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:35 - Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:36 - He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:37 - For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:38 - I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

The Samaritans

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:39 - Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:40 - So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:41 - And many more believed because of his word.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:42 - They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:43 - After the two days he departed to Galilee.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:44 - For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:45 - So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast.

Healing a Nobleman's Son

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:46 - So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:47 - When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:48 - Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:49 - The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:50 - Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:51 - As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:52 - So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:53 - The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live" ; and he himself believed, and all his household.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 4:54 - This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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