Jesus Goes to Galilee

So then, when (A)the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that [a]He was making and (B)baptizing more disciples than John (although (C)Jesus Himself was not baptizing; rather, His (D)disciples were), He left (E)Judea and went away (F)again to Galilee. And He had to pass through (G)Samaria. So He *came to a city of (H)Samaria called Sychar, near (I)the parcel of land that (J)Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, tired from His journey, was just sitting by the well. It was about [b]the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

A woman of Samaria *came to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His (K)disciples had gone away to (L)the city to buy food. So the (M)Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, though You are a Jew, are asking me for a drink, though I am a Samaritan woman?” (For (N)Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus replied to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you (O)living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “[c]Sir, You have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do You get this (P)living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who (Q)gave us the well and drank of it himself, and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him (R)shall never be thirsty; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to (S)eternal life.”

15 The woman *said to Him, “[d]Sir, (T)give me this water so that I will not be thirsty, nor come all the way here to draw water.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said to Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this which you have said is true.” 19 The woman *said to Him, “[e]Sir, I perceive that You are (U)a prophet. 20 (V)Our fathers worshiped on (W)this mountain, and yet you Jews say that (X)in Jerusalem is the place where one must worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Believe Me, woman, that [f](Y)a time is coming when you will worship the Father (Z)neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 (AA)You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, because (AB)salvation is from the Jews. 23 But [g](AC)a time is coming, and [h]even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father (AD)in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be [i]His worshipers. 24 God is [j]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship (AE)in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that (AF)Messiah is coming ((AG)He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, (AH)I am He, the One speaking to you.”

27 And at this point His (AI)disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What are You seeking?” or, “Why are You speaking with her?” 28 So the woman left her waterpot and went into the city, and *said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man (AJ)who told me all the things that I have done; (AK)this is not the [k]Christ, is He?” 30 They left the city and were coming to Him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “(AL)Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the (AM)disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” 34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to (AN)do the will of Him who sent Me, and to (AO)accomplish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields, that they are white (AP)for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving (AQ)wages and is gathering (AR)fruit for (AS)eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘(AT)One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have [l]come into their labor.”

The Samaritans

39 Now from (AU)that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “(AV)He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to [m]Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of His word; 42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One truly is (AW)the Savior of the world.”

43 And after (AX)the two days, He departed from there for Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that (AY)a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, only because (AZ)they had seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves also went to the feast.

Healing an Official’s Son

46 Therefore He came again to (BA)Cana of Galilee, (BB)where He had made the water into wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at (BC)Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come (BD)from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and began asking Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see [n](BE)signs and (BF)wonders, you simply will not believe.” 49 The royal official *said to Him, “[o]Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus *said to him, (BG)Go; your son [p]is alive.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went home. 51 And as he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his [q]son was [r]alive. 52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the [s]seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son is alive”; and he himself believed, and (BH)his entire household. 54 This is again a (BI)second [t]sign that Jesus performed when He had (BJ)come from Judea into Galilee.

The Healing at Bethesda

After these things there was (BK)a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem, by (BL)the Sheep Gate, there is a pool which (BM)in [u]Hebrew is called [v]Bethesda, having five [w]porticoes. In these porticoes lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, limping, or [x]paralyzed.[y] Now a man was there who had been [z]ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus, upon seeing this man lying there and knowing that he had already been in that condition for a long time, *said to him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus *said to him, (BN)Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

(BO)Now it was a Sabbath on that day. 10 So (BP)the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is a Sabbath, and (BQ)it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’ 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick it up and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward, Jesus *found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not (BR)sin anymore, (BS)so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and informed (BT)the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason (BU)the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on a Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father [aa]is working until now, and I Myself am working.”

Jesus’ Equality with God

18 For this reason therefore (BV)the Jews (BW)were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, (BX)making Himself equal with God.

19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, (BY)the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever [ab]the Father does, these things the Son also does in the same way. 20 (BZ)For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him (CA)greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and (CB)gives them life, so (CC)the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. 22 For not even the Father judges anyone, but (CD)He has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. (CE)The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and (CF)believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and (CG)does not come into judgment, but has (CH)passed out of death into life.

Two Resurrections

25 Truly, truly, I say to you, [ac](CI)a time is coming and [ad]even now has arrived, when (CJ)the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who (CK)hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He (CL)gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27 and He gave Him authority to (CM)execute judgment, because He is [ae]the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this; for [af](CN)a time is coming when (CO)all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come out: (CP)those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the bad deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

30 (CQ)I can do nothing [ag]on My own. As I hear, I judge; and (CR)My judgment is [ah]righteous, because I do not seek My own will but (CS)the will of Him who sent Me.

31 (CT)If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not [ai]true. 32 There is (CU)another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.

Testimony of John the Baptist

33 You have sent messengers to John, and he (CV)has testified to the truth. 34 But (CW)the testimony I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was (CX)the lamp that was burning and shining, and you (CY)were willing to rejoice for [aj]a while in his light.

Testimony of Works

36 But the testimony I have is greater than the testimony of John; for (CZ)the works which the Father has given Me (DA)to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father (DB)has sent Me.

Testimony of the Father

37 And the Father who sent Me, (DC)He has testified about Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 Also you do not have (DD)His word remaining in you, because you do not believe Him whom He (DE)sent.

Testimony of the Scripture

39 [ak](DF)You examine the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is (DG)those very Scriptures that testify about Me; 40 and yet you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. 41 (DH)I do not receive glory from people; 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not [al]receive Me; (DI)if another comes in his own name, you will [am]receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you [an](DJ)accept [ao]glory from one another and you do not seek (DK)the [ap]glory that is from (DL)the one and only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is (DM)Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for (DN)he wrote about Me. 47 But (DO)if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”


  1. John 4:1 Lit Jesus
  2. John 4:6 I.e., noon
  3. John 4:11 Or Lord
  4. John 4:15 Or Lord
  5. John 4:19 Or Lord
  6. John 4:21 Lit an hour
  7. John 4:23 Lit an hour
  8. John 4:23 Lit now is, when
  9. John 4:23 Lit the ones worshiping Him
  10. John 4:24 Or Spirit
  11. John 4:29 I.e., Messiah
  12. John 4:38 I.e., enjoyed the fruit of their labor
  13. John 4:40 Lit Him
  14. John 4:48 I.e., confirming miracles
  15. John 4:49 Or Lord
  16. John 4:50 I.e., is well
  17. John 4:51 Or boy
  18. John 4:51 I.e., well
  19. John 4:52 I.e., 1 p.m.
  20. John 4:54 I.e., confirming miracle
  21. John 5:2 I.e., Jewish Aramaic
  22. John 5:2 Some early mss Bethsaida or Bethzatha
  23. John 5:2 Or colonnades (with roofs)
  24. John 5:3 Or had shrunken limbs
  25. John 5:3 Late mss add the following as the remainder of v 3, and v 4: paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first stepped in after the stirring up of the water was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted
  26. John 5:5 Lit in his sickness
  27. John 5:17 I.e., has been and continues
  28. John 5:19 Lit that One
  29. John 5:25 Lit an hour
  30. John 5:25 Lit now is, when
  31. John 5:27 Or a son of man
  32. John 5:28 Lit an hour
  33. John 5:30 Or of Myself
  34. John 5:30 Or fair
  35. John 5:31 I.e., admissible as legal evidence
  36. John 5:35 Lit an hour
  37. John 5:39 Or (a command) Examine the Scriptures
  38. John 5:43 Or accept
  39. John 5:43 Or accept
  40. John 5:44 Or receive
  41. John 5:44 Or honor
  42. John 5:44 Or honor

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