John 4 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

John 4


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When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John

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(although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),

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he left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.

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And he must needs pass through Samaria.

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So he cometh to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph:

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and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

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There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

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For his disciples were gone away into the city to buy food.

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The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

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Jesus answered and said unto unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

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The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then hast thou that living water?

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Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

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Jesus answered and said unto her, Every one that drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

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but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.

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The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come all the way hither to draw.

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Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

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The woman answered and said unto him, I have no husband. Jesus saith unto her, Thou saidst well, I have no husband:

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for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly.

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The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

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Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

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Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father.

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Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

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But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers.

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God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh (he that is called Christ): when he is come, he will declare unto us all things.

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Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].

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And upon this came his disciples; and they marvelled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why speakest thou with her?

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So the woman left her waterpot, and went away into the city, and saith to the people,

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Come, see a man, who told me all things that [ever] I did: can this be the Christ?

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They went out of the city, and were coming to him.

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In the mean while the disciples prayed him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

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But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not.

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The disciples therefore said one to another, Hath any man brought him [aught] to eat?

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Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.

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Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already unto harvest.

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He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

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For herein is the saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

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I sent you to reap that whereon ye have not labored: others have labored, and ye are entered into their labor.

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And from that city many of the Samaritans believed on him because of the word of the woman, who testified, He told me all things that [ever] I did.

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So when the Samaritans came unto him, they besought him to abide with them: and he abode there two days.

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And many more believed because of his word;

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and they said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy speaking: for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.

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And after the two days he went forth from thence into Galilee.

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For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.

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So when he came into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

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He came therefore again unto Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

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When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought [him] that he would come down, and heal his son; for he was at the point of death.

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Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe.

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The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

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Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. The man believed the word that Jesus spake unto him, and he went his way.

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And as he was now going down, his servants met him, saying, that his son lived.

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So he inquired of them the hour when he began to amend. They said therefore unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

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So the father knew that [it was] at that hour in which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

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This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judaea into Galilee.

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