Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
(although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but only his disciples),
he left Judea and set out again for Galilee.
But he needed to pass through Samaria.
So he came to a town of Samaria called Suchar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied from the journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
(For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”
(For Jews use nothing in common with with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, ‘Give me a drink,’
you would have asked him, and he would have given you living [flowing] water.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep.
Where do you get this living [flowing] water?
Surely you are not greater than our ancestor Jacob,
who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give them will never thirst again.
The water that I will give them will become in them a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.”
The 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.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Believe me, Woman, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
You people worship what you do not know;
we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (the one called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her, “I am! —the one speaking to you”
Just then his 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?”
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,
“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.
And many more believed because of his word.
They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”