(Tap footnote to read it. Old Testament quotations are underlined. "Love" with a caret ("^love") is agapé.1"agapé" The Greek words ἀγάπη (agapé, noun), and ἀγαπάω (agapaó; verb) are typically translated "love". However, unlike our English word "love" – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agapé centers on choice and behavior. It’s the "love" based on will, choice, behavior, and action; not feelings. (Feelings-based love is the Greek word φιλέω (phileó), which properly means "brotherly love/affection".) Thus, you could hate someone passionately and still treat him with "agapé". Agapé "love" is best understood as the pursuit of what is most beneficial to someone or something, regardless of the cost to yourself or the type of response received from the person or thing. It can also indicate a preference for someone or something over other things. )
The Samaritan woman
- Therefore, when Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard that Jesus makes and baptizes more disciples than John,
- (Although Jesus Himself wasn’t baptizing but His disciples were)
- He left Judea and departed again towards Galilee,
- and it was necessary for Him to pass through Samaria.
- Therefore, He comes to a city of Samaria called Sychar near the piece of land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
- And Jacob’s well was there, so *tiring from the journey, Jesus was sitting wearily on the well. It was about the sixth hour.
- A woman comes out of Samaria to draw water. Jesus tells her: “Give me water to drink.”
- (For His disciples had departed into the city so they might buy food.)
- So the Samaritan woman says to Him: “How do you – being a Jew – ask to drink from me, being a Samaritan woman.” (For Jews don’t associate with Samaritans.)
- Jesus answered and told her: “If you had known the gift of God, and who is the One who tells you: ‘Give me water to drink’, you would’ve asked Him and He would’ve given you living water.”
- The woman tells Him: “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket and the well is deep, so from where do you get the water which lives?
- “You aren’t greater than our father Jacob who gave us the well, and drank from it himself with his sons and his livestock, are you?”
- Jesus answered and told her: “Every man who drinks from this water will thirst again.”
- “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him definitely won’t thirst into the age. But the water that I will give him will become a spring of water welling up into the life of ages.
- The woman tells Him: “Sir, give me this water so I won’t thirst nor travel here to draw water.”
- He tells her: “Go call your husband and come here.”
- The woman answered and told Him: “I don’t have a husband.” Jesus tells her: “You spoke rightly in saying: ‘I don’t have a husband’,
- “for you had five husbands; and he whom you have now isn’t your husband. You have spoken this truly.”
- The woman says to Him: “Sir, I see that you’re a prophet.
- “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that the place where it’s necessary to worship is in Jerusalem.”
- Jesus tells her: “Woman, believe Me that an hour comes when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
- “You Samaritans worship what you haven’t known. We Jews worship what we have known, because salvation is from the Jews.
- “But an hour comes and now is when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father also seeks such men; the men who worship Him.
- “God is Spirit, and it’s necessary for the men who worship Him to worship in spirit and truth.
- The woman tells Him: “I *know that the Messiah1“Messiah” A Hebrew word which mean “anointed”, just as the Greek word “Χριστός” (christos, often transliterated as “Christ”) also means “anointed”. is coming; the One who is called the Anointed. When He comes, He will disclose all things to us.”
- Jesus tells her: “I – the One who speaks to you – am He.”
- And His disciples came upon this and were marveling that He was speaking with a woman. Yet no one said “What do you seek?” or “Why do you speak with her?”
- Therefore the woman left her water jar, and departed into the city, and says to the men:
- “Come see a man who told me all I did. Can He be the Anointed?”
- They went out of the city and were coming towards Him.
- In the meantime, the disciples were urging Him saying: “Rabbi, eat.”
- But He told them: “I have food to eat that you don’t *know about.”
- So the disciples were saying to one another: “No one brought Him something to eat, did they?”
- Jesus tells them: “My food is that I do the will of the One who sent Me and accomplish His work.
- “Don’t you say that it’s still four months and then the harvest comes? Behold, I tell you: lift your eyes and observe the fields, because they are already white for the harvest.”
- “The man who reaps receives a wage and collects fruit for the life of ages, so that the man who sows might rejoice together with the man who reaps.
- “For in this the saying is true: “The man who sows is one, and the man who reaps another.”
- “I sent you to reap what you haven’t toiled for. Others have toiled for it, and you have entered into their labor.”
- And many of the Samaritans from that city believed in Him through the report of the woman testifying: “He told me all I did.”
- So when the Samaritans came to Him they were asking Him to remain with them. And He remained there for two days,
- and many more believed because of His message.
- And they were telling the woman: “We no longer believe just because of your report, for we have heard and we *know that this truly is the Savior of the world.”
Healing the royal official’s son
- And after the two days He went out from there into Galilee,
- for Jesus Himself testified that a prophet doesn’t have honor in His own hometown.
- So when He came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him, having seen all the great things He did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.
- So He went to Cana of Galilee again (where He made the water into wine). And in Capernaum was a royal official whose son was sick.
- This man – having heard that Jesus arrives from Judea into Galilee – went to Him and was asking so He might come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.
- So Jesus told him: “If you men don’t see signs and wonders, you definitely won’t believe.”
- The royal official says to Him: “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
- Jesus tells him: “Go, your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus told him and was going away,
- and while he’s already going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy lives.
- So he inquired from them in what hour he got better. So they told him: “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”
- So the father knew that it had happened in that hour which Jesus told him: “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and all his household.
- And again, this is the second sign Jesus did after having come from Judea into Galilee.
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