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Jesus Talks to a Woman in Samaria
4 1The Pharisees* heard that Jesus was making and baptizing* more followers than
John. 2(But really Jesus himself did not baptize people. His followers baptized
people for him.) Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard about him. 3So Jesus left
Judea and went back to Galilee. 4On the way to Galilee Jesus had to go through the
country of Samaria. 5In Samaria Jesus came to the town called Sychar. This town
is near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there. Jesus
was tired from his long trip. So Jesus sat down beside the well. It was about noon.
7A Samaritan* woman came to that well to get some water. Jesus said to her, "Please
give me a drink of water." 8(This happened while Jesus' followers went to town to
buy some food.) 9The Samaritan* woman answered, "I am surprised that you ask me
for a drink! You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman!" (Jews are not friends with
Samaritans.* ) 10Jesus answered, "You don't know about the thing God gives. And
you don't know who I am that asked you for a drink. If you knew these things, you
would have asked me and I would have given you living water." 11The woman said,
"Sir, where will you get that living water? The well is very deep, and you have
nothing to get water with. 12Are you greater than Jacob* our father* ? Jacob is
the one that gave us this well. He drank from it himself. Also, his sons and all
his animals drank water from this well." 13Jesus answered, "Every person that drinks
this water will be thirsty again. 14But the person that drinks the water I give
will never be thirsty again. That water I give will become like a spring of water
flowing inside that person. That water will bring that person life forever." 15The
woman said to Jesus, "Sir, give me this water. Then I will never be thirsty again.
And I will not have to come back here to get more water." 16Jesus told her, "Go
get your husband and come back here." 17The woman answered, "But I have no husband."
Jesus said to her, "You are right to say you have no husband. 18Really you have
had five husbands. But the man you live with now is not your husband. You told me
the truth." 19The woman said, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.* 20Our fathers
worshiped on this mountain. But you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people
must worship." 21Jesus said, "Believe me, woman! The time is coming when you will
not have to be in Jerusalem or on that mountain to worship the Father (God). 22You
Samaritans* worship something that you don't understand. We Jews understand what
we worship. Salvation comes from the Jews. 23The time is coming when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth. That time is now here. And those are
the kind of people the Father wants to be his worshipers. 24God is spirit. So the
people that worship God must worship in spirit and truth." 25The woman said, "I
know that the Messiah is coming." (Messiah is the One called Christ.* ) "When the
Messiah comes, he will explain everything to us." 26Then Jesus said, "That person
is talking to you now. I am [the Messiah]."
Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow carefully
all Jewish laws and customs. baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse,
dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. Samaritan(s) From Samaria. Samaritans
were part Jewish, but some Jews did not accept them as pure Jews. Jews are not friends
with Samaritans Or, "Jews don't use things that Samaritans have used." Jacob Father
of twelve sons from whom the twelve family groups of Israel descended. fathers Important
ancestors of the Jews, especially the leaders of the twelve Jewish family groups.
prophet A person that spoke for God. Prophets could tell things that most people
could not know. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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