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but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the 19 only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, 20 because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.†
After these things Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea ; and there he abode with them and baptized.
And John also was baptizing in Enon, near Salim; because there was much water there; 24 and they came and were baptized. (For John was not yet cast into prison.)
Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.) 26 And they came to John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, he baptizeth, 27 and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be 28 given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, 29 but that I am sent before him. He that hath
He who practises according to moral truth and virtue.
That is, many springs or streams; and travellers say they are not deep.
That is, baptizing. The dispute probably was, as to the design and object of John's baptism.
the bride, is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly, because of the bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is com30 plete. He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that cometh from above, is above all he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above 32 all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; though no man receiveth his testi33 mony. He that hath received his testimony, 34 hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure 35 unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and 36 hath given all things into his hands.* * He that believeth on the Son, hath everlasting life he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
NOW when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard, that Jesus made and baptized 2 more disciples than John, (though it was not 3 Jesus, but his disciples who baptized,) he left 4 Judea, and departed again into Galilee. And
* May he not then be worshipped, as the Son of God ? See chap. v. 23.
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, be
lieve 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 worship 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.