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John 4


 1 Now (1) when the Lord knew, how the Pharisees had heard, that Jesus made (*) and baptized more disciples than John,


(1) This measure is to be kept in doing our duty, that neither by fear we be terrified from going forward, neither by rashness procure or pluck dangers upon our heads.

(*) John 3:22 .


 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.)


 3 He (*) left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.


(*) To give place to their rage.


 4 And he must needs go through Samaria.


 5  (2) Then came he to a city of Samaria called (♣) Sychar, near unto the possession that (*) Jacob gave to his son Joseph.


(2) Christ leaving the proud Pharisees, communicateth the treasures of everlasting life with a poor sinful woman, and stranger, reselling the gross errors of the Samaritans, and defending the true service of God, which was delivered to the Jews, but yet so, that he calleth both of them back to himself as one whom only all the fathers, and also all the ceremonies of the Law did regard, and had a respect unto.

(♣) Or, Sichema.

(*) Genesis 33:19; Genesis 48:22; Joshua 24:32 .


 6 And there was Jacobís well. Jesus then wearied in the journey, sat (a) thus on the well; it was about the (b) sixth hour.


(a) Even as he was weary, or because he was weary.
(b) It was almost noon.


 7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said unto her, Give me drink.


 8 For his disciples were gone away into the city, to buy meat.


 9 Then said the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it, that thou being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of (*) Samaria? For the Jews (c) meddle not with the Samaritans.


(*) For the Jews esteemed the Samaritans as wicked and profane.

(c) There is no familiarity nor friendship, between the Jews and the Samaritans.


 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest (d) that (*) gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee (e) (♣) (♠) water of life.


(d) By this word (That) we are given to understand, that Christ speaketh of some excellent gift, that is to say, even of himself, whom his Father offered to this woman.

(*) Meaning of himself whom his Father had sent to convert this woman.
(e) This everlasting water, that is to say, the exceeding love of God, is called living, or of life, to make a difference between it, and the water that should be drawn out of a well, and these metaphors are very much used by the Jews, Jeremiah 2:13, Joel 3:18, Zechariah 13:11 .

(♣) Which is the love of God in his Son poured into our hearts by the holy Ghost unto everlasting life, Romans 5:5; 1 John 3:5 .

(♠) Or, the lively water.


 11 The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; from whence then hast thou that water of life?


 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and he himself drank thereof, and his sons, and his cattle?


 13 Jesus answered, and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water, shall thirst again;


 14 But whosoever drinketh of the (*) water that I shall give him, shall never be more (♣) athirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.


(*) Of the spiritual grace.

(♣) He shall never be dried up or destitute.


 15 The woman said unto him, Sir, give me of that water, that I may not thirst, neither come hither to draw.


 16 Jesus said unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.


 17 The woman answered, and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband.


 18 For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband; that saidst thou truly.


 19 The woman said unto him, Sir, I (*) see that thou art a Prophet.


(*) Till she was lively touched with her faults, she mocked and would not hear Christ.


 20  (3) Our fathers worshipped in this (f) mountain, and ye say, that in (*) Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.


(3) All the religion of superstitious people, standeth for the most part, upon two pillars, but very weak, that is to say upon the examples of the fathers perverted, and a foolish opinion of outward things; against which errors we have to set the word and nature of God.
(f) The name of this mountain is Gerizim, where upon Sanabaletta the Cuthite built a Temple by Alexander of Macedonia his leave, after the victory of Issica: and made there Manassas his son in law, high Priest, Josephus book 11 .

(*) Deuteronomy 12:6 .


 21 Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor at Jerusalem worship the Father.


 22 Ye worship that which ye (*) know not; we worship that which we know, for salvation is of the Jews.


(*) 2 Kings 17:23 .


 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in (g) Spirit and Truth; for the Father requireth even such to worship him.


(g) This word (Spirit) is to be taken here, as it is set against that commandment, which is called carnal, Hebrews 7:16; as the commandment is considered in itself; and so he speaketh of (Truth) not as we set it against a lie, but as we take it in respect of the outward ceremonies of the Law, which did only shadow that which Christ performed indeed.


 24  (*) God is a (h) (♣) Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in Spirit and Truth.


(*) 2 Corinthians 3:17 .

(h) By the word (Spirit) he meaneth the nature of the Godhead, and not the third person in the Trinity.

(♣) God being of a spiritual nature, requireth a spiritual service, and agreeable to his nature.


 25 The woman said unto him, I know well that Messiah shall come, which is called Christ; when he is come, he will tell us all things.


 26 Jesus said unto her, I am he, that speak unto thee.


 27  ∂ And upon that, came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with a woman, yet no man said unto him, What askest thou? Or why talkest thou with her?


 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men,


 29 Come, see a man which hath told me all things that ever I did; is not he the Christ?


 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.


 31  ∂ In the meanwhile, the disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.


 32  (4) But he said unto them, I have meat to eat, that ye know not of.


(4) We may have care of our bodies, but yet so, that we prefer willingly and freely the occasion which is offered us to enlarge the kingdom of God, before all necessities of this life, whatsoever.


 33 Then said the disciples between themselves, Hath any man brought him meat?


 34 Jesus said unto them, (*) My meat is that I may do the will of him that sent me, and finish his work.


(*) There is nothing that I hunger for more, or wherein I take greater pleasure.


 35  (5) Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the regions, (*) for they are white already unto harvest.


(5) When the spiritual corn is ripe, we must not linger; for so the children of this world would condemn us.

(*) Matthew 9:37; Luke 10:2 .


 36  (6) And he that reapeth, receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal, that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth might (*) rejoice together.


(6) The doctrine of the Prophets was as it were a sowing time; and the doctrine of the Gospel, as the harvest, and there is an excellent agreement between them both, and the ministers of them both.

(*) Without grudging the one at the others labor.


 37 For herein is the (i) (*) saying true, that one soweth and another reapeth.


(i) That proverb.

(*) Or, proverb.


 38 I sent you to reap that, whereon ye bestowed no labor; (*) other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.


(*) Meaning, the Prophets.


 39  (7) Now many of the Samaritans of that city (*) believed in him, for the saying of the woman which testified, He hath told me all things that ever I did.


(7) The Samaritans do most joyfully embrace that which the Jews most stubbornly rejected.

(*) The Samaritans shewed themselves willing to receive his doctrine who being but strangers and scarcely knowing Christ, are a condemnation to the Jews, and all others, which neglect Godís word when it is offered.


 40 Then when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him, that he would tarry with them; and he abode there two days.


 41 And many more (*) believed because of his own word.


(*) That is, had the right and true faith.


 42 And they said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying, for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed that Christ the Saviour of the world.


 43  ∂ (8) So two days after he departed thence, and went into (k) Galilee.


(8) The despisers of Christ deprive themselves of his benefit; yet Christ prepareth a place for himself.
(k) Into the towns and villages of Galilee; for he would not make abode in his country of Nazareth, because they despised him, and where (as the other Evangelists write) the efficacy of his benefits was hindered through their marvelous stiffneckedness.


 44 For Jesus himself had (*) testified, that a Prophet hath no honor in (♣) his own country.


(*) Matthew 13:57; Mark 6:4; Luke 4:24 .

(♣) Hereby his own country he meaneth Jerusalem and the country about.


 45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, which had seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast; for they went also unto the feast.


 46  (9) And Jesus came again into (*) Cana a town of Galilee, where he had made of water wine. And there was a certain (l) (♣) ruler, whose son was sick at Capernaum.


(9) Although Christ be absent in body, yet he worketh mightily in the believers by his word.

(*) John 2:1 .
(l) Some of Herod's courtiers, for though Herod was not a king, but a Tetrarch, yet the lofty name only except, he was a king, or at least the people called him a king.

(♣) The word signifieth royal or one of the Kingís court; and it seemeth that he was one of Herodís court, who was in great estimation with Herod, whom the people called King, Mark 6:14 .


 47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would (*) go down, and heal his son; for he was even ready to die.


(*) Or, come.


 48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.


 49 The ruler said unto him, Sir, go down before my son dies.


 50 Jesus said unto him, Go thy way, thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and went his way.


 51 And as he was now (*) going down, his servants met him, saying, Thy son liveth.


(*) Or, returning.


 52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday the seventh hour the fever left him.


 53 Then the father knew that it was the same hour in the which Jesus had said unto him, Thy son liveth. And he believed, and all his household.


 54 This second miracle did Jesus again, after he was come out of Judea into Galilee.



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