John 4:16-26 English Standard Version (ESV)16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her,“Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people 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 thatMessiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
John 4:1-15 English Standard Version (ESV)4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departedagain for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus 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 will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
John 3:31-36 English Standard Version (ESV)31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heavenis above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Psalm 126: Sowing In Tears
When the LORD returned Jerusalem from her captivity (ERV,KJV, NASB, YLT, OJB), we were dazed (AMP), like those who dream (NLT, NET, ESV, OJB). Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with exuberant songs of joy (OJB, NLT, KJV, YLT, NIV see NASB, NET, MSG)! And it was said among the peoples, “The LORD has done awesome (NLT) things for them!”
The LORD has done awesome things for us, and of this (OJB) we are glad.
Return us from our captivity, O LORD, (and restore our fortunes (OJB, AMP)) like raging streams (OJB) in the southern desert (CEV, NET). Those who sow in tears shall reap with exuberant songs of joy! The one who goes forth wailing, (yet) carrying seed, shall surely (KJV, YLT, OJB) return with exuberant songs of joy, bearing the sheaves of harvest (OJB).
Pastor Adam Hall
Weekly Messages from the pulpit at Dryden First Baptist Church