Narrative Lectionary 424
1 Now when JesusI learnedII that the PhariseesIII had heard,IV
“Jesus is makingV and baptizingVI moreVII disciplesVIII than John”IX 2 —although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized—
3 he leftX JudeaXI and startedXII back to Galilee.XIII
4 But he had toXIV goXV through Samaria.XVI
5 So he cameXVII to a SamaritanXVIII cityXIX calledXX Sychar,XXI
nearXXII the plot of groundXXIII that JacobXXIV had givenXXV to his sonXXVI Joseph.XXVII
6 Jacob’s wellXXVIII wasXXIX there, and Jesus, tired outXXX by his journey,XXXI was sittingXXXII by the well. It was about noon.XXXIII
7 A Samaritan womanXXXIV came to drawXXXV water,XXXVI and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”XXXVII 8 (His disciples had goneXXXVIII to the city to buyXXXIX food.)XL
9 The SamaritanXLI woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew,XLII askXLIII a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in commonXLIV with Samaritans.)XLV
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knewXLVI the giftXLVII of God,XLVIII and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you livingXLIX water.”
11 The woman said to him, “Sir,L you haveLI no bucket,LII and the wellLIII is deep.LIV Where do you getLV that living water?
12 Are you greater thanLVI our ancestorLVII Jacob, who gave us the well,LVIII and with his sons and his flocksLIX drank from it?”
13 Jesus said to her, “EveryoneLX who drinks of this water will be thirstyLXI again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.LXII
The water that I will give will becomeLXIII in them a springLXIV of water gushing upLXV to eternalLXVI life.”LXVII
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep comingLXVIII here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go,LXIX callLXX your husband,LXXI and come back.”
17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You are rightLXXII in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had fiveLXXIII husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”LXXIV
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I seeLXXV that you are a prophet.LXXVI 20 Our ancestors worshipedLXXVII on this mountain,LXXVIII
but you say that the placeLXXIX where people mustLXXX worship is in Jerusalem.”LXXXI
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believeLXXXII me, the hourLXXXIII is coming when you will worship the FatherLXXXIV neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvationLXXXV is from the Jews.
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the trueLXXXVI worshipersLXXXVII will worship the Father in spiritLXXXVIII and truth,LXXXIX for the Father seeksXC such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to him, “I know that MessiahXCI is coming” (who is called Christ).XCII “When he comes, he will proclaimXCIII all thingsXCIV to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speakingXCV to you.”
27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonishedXCVI that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?”XCVII or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
28 Then the woman left her water jarXCVIII and went backXCIX to the city. She said to the people,C
29 “ComeCI and seeCII a manCIII who told me everythingCIV I have ever done!CV He cannotCVI be the Messiah,CVII can he?”
30 They leftCVIII the city and were on their wayCIX to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urgingCX him, “Rabbi,CXI eatCXII something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have foodCXIII to eat that you do not know about.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has broughtCXIV him something to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My foodCXV is to do the willCXVI of him who sentCXVII me and to completeCXVIII his work.CXIX
35 Do you not say, ‘Four monthsCXX more, then comes the harvest’?CXXI ButCXXII I tell you, look aroundCXXIII you, and seeCXXIV how the fieldsCXXV are ripeCXXVI for harvesting.
36 The reaperCXXVII is already receivingCXXVIII wagesCXXIX and is gatheringCXXX fruitCXXXI for eternal life, so that sowerCXXXII and reaper may rejoiceCXXXIII together.
37 For here the sayingCXXXIV holdsCXXXV true,CXXXVI ‘OneCXXXVII sows and anotherCXXXVIII reaps.’
38 I sentCXXXIX you to reap that for which you did not labor.CXL OthersCXLI have labored, and you have enteredCXLII into their labor.”CXLIII
39 ManyCXLIV Samaritans from that city believed in him because of theCXLV woman’s testimony,CXLVI “He told me everything I have ever done.”
40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they askedCXLVII him to stayCXLVIII with them; and he stayed there twoCXLIX days.CL 41 And many more believed because of his word.CLI
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you saidCLII that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is trulyCLIII the SaviorCLIV of the world.”CLV
Image credit: “Woman at the Well” – photo by MTSOfan, 2011.