11 The woman said to him, “Sir,X you have no bucket,Y and the wellZ is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12AA Are you greater than our ancestorBB Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocksCC drank from it?”
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirstyDD again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.EE The water that I will give will becomeFF in them a spring of water gushing upGG to eternalHH life.”II
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go,JJ call your husband,KK and come back.”
17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You are rightLL in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”MM
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believeSS me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvationTT is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the trueUU worshipersVV will worship the Father in spiritWW and truth,XX for the Father seeksYY 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 MessiahZZ is coming” (who is called Christ).AAA “When he comes, he will proclaimBBB all things to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonishedCCC that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
28 Then the woman left her water jarDDD and went back to the city. She said to the people,EEE 29 “ComeFFF and seeGGG a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannotHHH be the Messiah,III can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urgingJJJ him, “Rabbi,KKK eat something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have foodLLL to eat that you do not know about.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My foodMMM is to do the willNNN of him who sentOOO me and to completePPP his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’?QQQ, RRR But I tell you, look around you,SSS and seeTTT how the fields are ripeUUU for harvesting.
36 The reaperVVV is already receiving wagesWWW and is gathering fruitXXX for eternal life, so that sowerYYY and reaper may rejoiceZZZ together. 37 For here the sayingAAAA holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sentBBBB you to reap that for which you did not labor.CCCC Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”DDDD
39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,EEEE “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word.
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you saidFFFF that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is trulyGGGG the SaviorHHHH of the world.”IIII
Image Credit: “Woman at the Well Icon” by Derek N. Winterburn.