Now when I learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” – although it was not I but My disciples who baptized – I left Judea and started back to Galilee. But I had to go through Samaria. So I came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and I, tired out by My journey, was sitting there by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and I said to her, “Give me a drink.” (My disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Me, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) I 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.” The woman said to Me, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” I said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Me, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
I said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered Me, “I have no husband.” I said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to Me, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” I said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You 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 as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Me, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” I said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
Just then My disciples came. They were astonished that I was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or , “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to Me.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging Me, “Rabbi, eat something.” But I said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” I said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is 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 city believed in Me because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to Me, they asked Me to stay with them; and I stayed there two days. And many more believed because of My 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 truly the Savior of the world.”
When the two days were over, I went from that place to Galilee (For I had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When I came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Me, since they had seen all that I had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.
Then I came again to Cana in Galilee where I had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that I had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Me to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then I said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” I said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that I spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when I had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that I did after coming from Judea to Galilee.