From The Work of God's Children
The Woman of Samaria at the Well
(La Samaritaine à la fontain)
Source:The Brooklyn Museum
4:4. and it was necessary for Him to pass through Samaria.
4:5. He came therefore to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Jesus and the woman at the well
4:6. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, consequently sat on the well. It was about the sixth hour after dawn.
4:7. A woman of Samaria came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
4:8. For His disciples had gone into the city to buy meats.
4:9. Then that Samaritan woman said to Him, “How do You, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans.”
4:10. Jesus said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who He is that says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you perhaps would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
4:11. The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing in which to draw water, and the well is deep. From where then do You have living water?
4:12. “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself with his children and his cattle?”
4:13. Jesus answered her, “Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again, but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him shall never thirst again,
4:14. “but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into everlasting life.”
4:15. The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water that I may not thirst nor come here to draw water.”
4:16. Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come here.”
4:17. The woman said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have said well, 'I have no husband.'
4:18. “For you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”
4:19. The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
4:20. “Our fathers adored on this mountain, and You say that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.”
This mountain. . .Gerizim, where the Samaritans had their schismatic temple.
4:21. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me that the hour is coming when you shall adore the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem,.
4:22. “You adore that which you do not know; we adore that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
4:23. “But the hour comes and is now here when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father also seeks such to adore Him.
4:24. “God is a spirit, and they that adore Him must adore Him in spirit and in truth.”
4:25. The woman said to Him, “I know that the Messiah is coming (who is called the Christ); therefore, when He has come, He will tell us all things.”
4:26. Jesus said to her, “I who am speaking with you am He.”
4:27. Immediately His disciples came, and they wondered that He talked with the woman. Yet no man said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You talk with her?”
4:28. The woman therefore left her water jar and went her way into the city and said to the men there,
4:29. “Come and see a man who has told me everything I have ever done. Is He not the Christ?”
4:30. They therefore went out of the city and came to Him.
4:31. In the meantime, the disciples besought Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
4:32. But He said to them, “I have had meat to eat about which you do not know.”
4:33. The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has any man brought Him something to eat?”
4:34. Jesus said to them, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, that I may perfect His work.
4:35. “Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then the harvest comes?' Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and see the countries. For they are already ripe to harvest.
4:36. “He that reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for everlasting life, that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.
4:37. “For in this is the saying true: that it is one man that sows, and it is another that reaps.
4:38. “I have sent you to reap that in which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
4:39. Now many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman giving testimony: “He told me everything I have ever done.”
4:40. So when the Samaritans came to Him, they desired that He would stay there, and He abode there two days.
4:41. Many more believed in Him because of His own word,
4:42. and they said to the woman, “We now believe not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard Him and know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
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