The Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) | back
5Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. When Jesus had left Judea to return to the province of Galilee, He had to go through Samaria on the way. (Israel and Samaria did not get along).
6Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. It was around noon when Jesus approached the village of Sychar, near a parcel of ground Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Know as Jacobs well, Jesus sat wearily beside the well. (The well was about 75' deep and 9' across).
7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water and Jesus asked her for a drink.
8For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat. Jesus was alone at the time as His disciples were gone to buy meat. (It wasn't common to talk to a woman alone).
9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. The woman was surprised that a Jew would ask a "despised Samaritan" for anything because usually they would not even speak to each other and wanted nothing to do with each other.
10Jesus answered and said 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. Jesus said to the woman, "If you only knew the wonderful gift God has for you, and who I am, you would of asked me for some living water." (Isaiah 12:3).
11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? The woman said to Jesus, Sir, You don't even have a bucket and this is a very deep well! Where would you get this living water?
12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Then the woman said; besides that, are you greater than our ancestor Jacob? How can you offer better water than Jacob and his sons and cattle enjoyed? (Thinking in the flesh instead of spiritually).
13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. Jesus replied to the lady. People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water.
14But 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 up into everlasting life. "The water that I give them, becomes a perpetual spring within them, watering them with eternal life."
15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. The woman said to Jesus, give me this water that I may not thirst, and I will not need to come to the well again and draw water. (She still didn't get it, still thinking in the flesh).
16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. Jesus told the woman to go and get her husband.
17The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband. The woman replied, I have no husband. Jesus replied, this is true, you have no husband.
18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. Jesus continued to say to the woman; "You have had five husbands, and you are not even married to the man you are living with now." (Christ did not treat her like a second class citizen as many would have).
19The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. You must be a prophet the woman replied.
20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Our ancestors worshipped here (at Mount Gerazim), but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the only place of worship.
21Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Jesus replied, the time is coming when we will no longer be concerned about where we worship the Heavenly Father.
22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. You Samaritans know so little about the Father and worship blindly. Salvation comes to the world through the Jews.
23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. It is not where we worship that counts, but how we worship and whether our worship is spiritual and real.
24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God is a spirit, and you can worship Him where you want as long as it is in spirit and truth.
25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. The woman said to Jesus, I know that the Messiah is coming and when He comes, He will tell us all things. (How do you think Christ felt when this woman said this to Him)?
26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. Then Jesus told the woman, I am the Messiah!
27And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? Then His disciples arrived and they were surprised to see Jesus talking to the woman. (They would never talk to her), but none of them asked Jesus why He was with the woman.
28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men. The woman left her water pot and went into the village to tell everyone what had happened.
29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Come and see the man that told me everything that I had ever done. "Can this be the Messiah?"
30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. So the people came out of the village to meet Him.
31In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. The disciples were urging Jesus to eat something.
32But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Jesus said to them, I have some food you don't know about.
33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? What is He talking about the disciples replied? Who brought Him food?
34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Jesus explained to them, "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me. (He will complete His work at the second advent).
35Say 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 already to harvest. Do you think that that the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you and see the vast fields of human souls that are ready for reaping. (Harvest of the people).
36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. The reapers and sowers will be paid good wages and will be gathering eternal souls into Heaven. They will be rejoicing together for their works. (This all started at the beginning of time). Serving God pays wages of eternal life!
37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. It is true that one sows and one reaps. (Remember that the seed is the Word of God).
38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. I sent you to reap where you did not sow; others did the work, and you receive the harvest. (The prophets of old began the seed planting).
39And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. Many from the Samaritan village believed on the Messiah because of the testimony of the woman. (He told me everything I did)! The woman converted many in Samaria. God used her, and they believed her word.
40So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. When the people of Samaria come out to meet Jesus at the well, they begged Him to stay at their village, and He did for two days. (Two days of seed planting).
41And many more believed because of his own word. Many more believed in Him after hearing Him. He didn't need to perform any miracles, He just fed them the truth of the Word. (This is a good example to us, that we just need to plant a seed of truth in the Word to others, and God will make it grow).
42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. The people said to the woman, "now we believe because we have heard Him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. HE IS INDEED THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!