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30 voice. This my joy therefore is complete. He must 31 increase, but I must decrease*. He that cometh from

above, is above all he that is from the earth, is from the earth, and speaketh from the earth: he that cometh from 32 heaven [is above allt; and] testifieth what he hath seen 33 and heard; and yet none receiveth his testimony. He

that hath received his testimony, hath set his seal to con34 firm that God is true. For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for [God] giveth him not 35 the spirit by measure. The Father loveth the Son, and 36 hath given all things into his hand. He who believeth

on the Son, hath everlasting life: and he who disbelieveth the Son, will not see life; but the anger of God abideth on him."

CH. IV. When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that he made and baptized more disciples than 2 John; (though Jesus himself baptized not, but his dis3 ciples ;) he left Judea, and went again into Galilee. 4 Now he must needs go through Samaria. He cometh 5 therefore to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the portion of land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, being wearied with his journey, sat afterward on the well. (It was 7 about the sixth hour.) A woman of Samaria cometh to draw water. Jesus saith unto her, "Give me to drink." 8 (For his disciples were gone to the city, that they might

Some think that the Baptist's speech ends here, and that the rest of the chapter contains the remarks of the Evangelist.

If coming from above, or from heaven, meant only receiving a divine commis sion, then John came from above, or from heaven, as well as Jesus." Newcome. This remark of the learned primate is perfectly just; accordingly, the Baptist is said to have been sent from God, e. i. 6. and his baptism to have come from heaven, Matt. xxi. 25; Mark xi. 30; Luke xx. 4. When therefore he speaks of Christ as coming from above, and from heaven, in contradistinction to himself, he can only mean to express the great superiority of our Lord's mission, character and powers. So ver. 34, he describes Christ as he, whom God had sent; meaning that he was such by way of eminence and distinction from all others, but not intending to discredit his own divine mission, or to insinuate that he did not himself deliver a message from God. See e. i. 9. See Lindsey, Seq. p. 217, and Grotius in loc.

9 buy food.) Then the Samaritan woman saith unto him, "Why dost thou, being a Jew, ask drink of me, that am a Samaritan?" (for the Jews have no friendly deal10 ings with the Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the bounty of God, and who he is that saith unto thee, Give me to drink;' thou Wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given 11 thee living water." The woman saith unto him, "Sir, thou hast no vessel to draw with, and the well is deep: 12 whence then canst thou have that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and 13 himself drank of it, and his sons, and his cattle ?" sus answered and said unto her, "Whosoever drinketh 14 of this water, will thirst again but whosoever shall drink of the water which I shall give him, will never thirst; but the water which I shall give him will be in him a well of water springing up to everlasting life." 15 The woman saith unto him, "Sir, give me this water, 16 that I thirst not, nor come hither to draw." Jesus saith

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unto her, "Go, call thine husband, and come hither." 17 The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus saith unto her, "Thou hast rightly said, I have no 18 husband:' for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom

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thou now hast, is not thine husband: thou hast spoken 19 this truly." The woman saith unto him, "Sir, I per20 ceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped

on this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the 21 place where men ought to worship." Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall worship the Father neither on this mountain nor at 22 Jerusalem. Ye worship what ye know not: we wor23 ship what we know for salvation is from the Jews.

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the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for indeed 24 the Father seeketh such worshippers of him. God is a spirit and the worshippers of him ought to worship him

25 in spirit and in truth." The woman saith unto him, "I know that the Messiah cometh (which signifieth the Christ) when he is come, he will tell us all things." 26 Jesus saith unto her, " I, who talk with thee, am he." 27

And upon this his disciples came, and wondered that he was talking with a woman*; yet none said, "What 28 seekest thou?" or, "Why talkest thou with her?" The

woman then left her bucket, and went into the city, and 29 saith to the men, “Come, see a man who hath told me 30 all things whatever I did: is this the Christ ?" Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

In the mean time his disciples besought him, saying, 32"Master, eat." But he said unto them, "I have food 33 to eat, which ye know not of." Then the disciples said one to another, "Hath any one brought him any thing 34 to eat?" Jesus saith unto them, "My food is, to do the 35 will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. Say ye

not, '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 already white for 36 harvest. And he who reapeth, receiveth wages, and ga

thereth a crop, to everlasting life that both he who 37 soweth, and he who reapeth, may rejoice together for

herein is that saying true, 'One soweth, and another 38 reapeth.' I have sent you to reap that on which ye have not laboured: others have laboured, and ye are entered into their labours."

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And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him, for the words of the woman, who testified, "He 40 told me all things whatever I did." When therefore the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would abide with them: and he abode there two 41 days. And many more believed because of his own 42 words; and said to the woman, "We no longer believe

So Wakefield. " that he talked with the woman," N.

because of thy report: for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed [the Christ,] the Saviour of the world."

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Now after the two days he departed thence, and went 44 into Galilee. For Jesus himself declared that a pro45 phet hath no honour in his own country. So when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things which he did in Jerusalem at 46 the feast for they also had gone to the feast. So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And there was one of the king's household, 47 whose son was sick at Capernaum. This man, when he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, went to him, and besought [him] that he would come

down and cure his son: for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said unto him, "Unless ye see signs and 49 wonders, ye will not believe." He of the king's house

hold saith unto him, "Sir, come down, before my child 50 die." Jesus saith unto him, "Depart, thy son liveth."

And the man believed the words which Jesus had spoken 51 unto him, and departed. And as he was now going down,

his servants met him, and told him, saying, “Thy son 52 liveth." Then he inquired of them the hour when his

son began to amend. And they said unto him, "Yester53 day, at the seventh hour, the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at the very hour, in which Jesus had said unto him, "Thy son liveth." And himself be54 lieved, and his whole house. This second miracle Jesus

did, when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. CH. V. AFTER these things there was a feast of the Jews; 2 and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jeru

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salem, by the sheep-gate, a pool, which is called in the 3 Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these

lay a [great] multitude of infirm persons; of blind, lame, 4 withered, [looking for the moving of the water. For at a certain season, an angel went down into the pool, and

troubled the water : whosoever therefore went in first, after the troubling of the water, was made well, whatever disease 5 he had*.] And a certain man was there, that had an in6 firmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time afflicted, he saith unto him, "Dost thou desire to be made 7 well?" The infirm man answered him, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool : but while I am coming, another goeth down before me." 8 Jesus saith unto him, "Rise, take up thy couch and 9 walk." And immediately the man was made well, and

took up his couch, and walked.

Now on that day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, "It is the sabbath: it 11 is not lawful for thee to take up thy couch." He answered them, "He who made me well, himself said unto me, 12 Take up thy couch, and walk."" Then they asked him,

"What man is that who said unto thee, 'Take up thy 13 couch, and walk?" But he that was cured knew not who

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it was for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multi14 tude being in that place. Afterward Jesus meeteth with him in the temple, and said unto him, "Behold, thou art made well: sin no more, lest some worse thing befal 15 thee." The man departed, and told the Jews that it was 16 Jesus who had made him well. And for this the Jews persecuted Jesus,t because he had done these things on 17 the sabbath. But Jesus said unto them, "My Father 18 worketh until now; and I also work." Wherefore for this the Jews sought the more to kill him; because he

The words in Italics are wanting in the Vatican and Ephrem manuscripts, and the fourth verse is omitted in the Cambridge MS. In others they are marked as donbtful, and are probably spurious. See Griesbach. It might possibly be a small medicinal spring, which flowed more copiously at some times than at others; and might flow into a bath or basin capable of receiving only one person at a time. It is not mentioned by Josephus. "The sanative quality of the waters might, in popular estimation, be extended and magnified." See Newcome. The passage is rejected as spurious by Semler, Michaelis, and Marsh. See Marsh's Michaelis, vol. i. p. 293. 407 ; vol, ii, p. 732.

+ and sought to slay him, R, T.

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