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5 he chose to go through Samaria.* Then he cometh to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground which 6 Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. And Jesus being wearied with his journey, sat by the well. (And it was 7 about the sixth hour.)† A Samaritan woman
coming to draw water, Jesus saith unto her, 8 Give me to drink. (For his disciples were 9 gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then said the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a woman of Samaria? (For the Jews have 10 no dealings with the Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou didst know 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 11 living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well
Samaria is between Judea, properly so called, and Galilee. This lies in the northern part of Palestine, adjoining heathen countries: and therefore is called “Galilee of the Gentiles."
† That is, the middle of the day. The Jews counted the hours from sun-rise.
The Jews affected to despise the Samaritans who were a mixed people, descended from those Israelites who returned from captivity, who had become connected with heathens, and imitated some of their idolatrous practices. They received only the book of Moses as inspired; and pretended also mount Gerizzim, and not Jerusalem, was the place. to worship.
The waters of life, that is, spiritual and immortal blessings.
is deep from whence then hast thou that 12 living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof 13 himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drink14 eth of this water, shall thirst again but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing 15 up into everlasting life. The woman said unto him, Lord, give me this water, that I thirst 16 not, neither come hither to draw.† Then
Jesus said unto her, Go, call thy husband, and 17 come hither. The woman answered and said,
I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou 18 hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband in that sayest thou 19 truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I per20 ceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers
worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to 21 worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, 22 worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not
* The woman did not perceive our Lord's meaning. † Still the woman appears not to understand his true meaning.
And I will therefore propose a question for you to decide-our fathers, &c.
These places of worship will be destroyed-and the worship of the sincerely pious and devout in all places will be acceptable.
what :* we know what we worship: for salva 23 tion is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall wor ship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the 24 Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a
spirit and they that worship him, must wor25 ship him in spirit and in truth. The woman said unto him, I know that Messias (who is called Christ,) will soon come; and when he is come, 26 he will tell us all things. Jesus said unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
And upon this his disciples came, and were surprised that he talked with the woman; yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, 28 Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her water-pot, and went her way into 29 the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man
who told me all things that I ever did! Is not 30 this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
In the mean time his disciples besought him, 32 saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I 33 have meat to eat that ye know not of. Then
the disciples said one to another, Hath any man 34 brought him aught to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that
The Samaritans worshipped "THE GOD UNKNOWN, who, they said, was not the God of the Jews who made this world. Simon the magician, and other gnostics, were Samaritans,and taught strange doctrines respecting the Deity and our Savior, which have yet hardly been eradicated from the Christian world.
35 sent me, and to finish his work.* Say not ye' There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white 36 already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal that both he that soweth and he that 37 reapeth, may rejoice together and herein is that saying true, one soweth and another reap38 eth. I sent you to reap whereon ye bestowed no labor other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him, for the declaration of the woman who testified, He told me all that I ever 40 did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own 42 word, and said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy declaration, for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.
43 Now after two days he departed thence, and 44 went into Galilee.† For Jesus himself testified that a prophet hath no honor in his own country. 45 And when he was come into Galilee, the Gali
And there is much to be done for the religious improvement of mankind. Such is the moral state of the world, that there is great need of labor in those whose duty it is to instruct and reform.
↑ But not to Nazareth, as some ancient versions read. And what is said in the 44th verse renders it probable, that it was so in the original.
leans welcomed him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: (for they 46 also went unto the feast.) Then Jesus came
again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman 47 whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down and heal his son: 48 for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and won49 ders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith
unto him, Sir, come down before my child dies. 50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way: thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his 51 way. 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 he began to amend: and they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever 53 left him. So the father knew that it was at the
same hour, in which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth. And he and all his household 54 believed. This second miracle Jesus wrought when he was come again out of Judea into Galilee.