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Juan 4

Jesús y la samaritana

1Jesús[a] se enteró de que los *fariseos sabían que él estaba haciendo y bautizando más discípulos que Juan (aunque en realidad no era Jesús quien bautizaba sino sus discípulos). Por eso se fue de Judea y volvió otra vez a Galilea. Como tenía que pasar por Samaria, llegó a un pueblo samaritano llamado Sicar, cerca del terreno que Jacob le había dado a su hijo José. Allí estaba el pozo de Jacob. Jesús, fatigado del camino, se sentó junto al pozo. Era cerca del mediodía.[b] 7-8 Sus discípulos habían ido al pueblo a comprar comida.

En eso llegó a sacar agua una mujer de Samaria, y Jesús le dijo:

—Dame un poco de agua.

Pero como los judíos no usan nada en común[c] con los samaritanos, la mujer le respondió:

—¿Cómo se te ocurre pedirme agua, si tú eres judío y yo soy samaritana?

10 —Si supieras lo que Dios puede dar, y conocieras al que te está pidiendo agua —contestó Jesús—, tú le habrías pedido a él, y él te habría dado agua que da vida.

11 —Señor, ni siquiera tienes con qué sacar agua, y el pozo es muy hondo; ¿de dónde, pues, vas a sacar esa agua que da vida? 12 ¿Acaso eres tú superior a nuestro padre Jacob, que nos dejó este pozo, del cual bebieron él, sus hijos y su ganado?

13 —Todo el que beba de esta agua volverá a tener sed —respondió Jesús—, 14 pero el que beba del agua que yo le daré, no volverá a tener sed jamás, sino que dentro de él esa agua se convertirá en un manantial del que brotará vida eterna.

15 —Señor, dame de esa agua para que no vuelva a tener sed ni siga viniendo aquí a sacarla.

16 —Ve a llamar a tu esposo, y vuelve acá —le dijo Jesús.

17 —No tengo esposo —respondió la mujer.

—Bien has dicho que no tienes esposo. 18 Es cierto que has tenido cinco, y el que ahora tienes no es tu esposo. En esto has dicho la verdad.

19 —Señor, me doy cuenta de que tú eres profeta. 20 Nuestros antepasados adoraron en este monte, pero ustedes los judíos dicen que el lugar donde debemos adorar está en Jerusalén.

21 —Créeme, mujer, que se acerca la hora en que ni en este monte ni en Jerusalén adorarán ustedes al Padre. 22 Ahora ustedes adoran lo que no conocen; nosotros adoramos lo que conocemos, porque la salvación proviene de los judíos. 23 Pero se acerca la hora, y ha llegado ya, en que los verdaderos adoradores rendirán culto al Padre en espíritu y en verdad,[d] porque así quiere el Padre que sean los que le adoren. 24 Dios es espíritu, y quienes lo adoran deben hacerlo en espíritu y en verdad.

25 —Sé que viene el Mesías, al que llaman el *Cristo —respondió la mujer—. Cuando él venga nos explicará todas las cosas.

26 —Ése soy yo, el que habla contigo —le dijo Jesús.

Los discípulos vuelven a reunirse con Jesús

27 En esto llegaron sus discípulos y se sorprendieron de verlo hablando con una mujer, aunque ninguno le preguntó: «¿Qué pretendes?» o «¿De qué hablas con ella?»

28 La mujer dejó su cántaro, volvió al pueblo y le decía a la gente:

29 —Vengan a ver a un hombre que me ha dicho todo lo que he hecho. ¿No será éste el *Cristo?

30 Salieron del pueblo y fueron a ver a Jesús. 31 Mientras tanto, sus discípulos le insistían:

—Rabí, come algo.

32 —Yo tengo un alimento que ustedes no conocen —replicó él.

33 «¿Le habrán traído algo de comer?», comentaban entre sí los discípulos.

34 —Mi alimento es hacer la voluntad del que me envió y terminar su obra —les dijo Jesús—. 35 ¿No dicen ustedes: “Todavía faltan cuatro meses para la cosecha”? Yo les digo: ¡Abran los ojos y miren los campos sembrados! Ya la cosecha está madura; 36 ya el segador recibe su salario y recoge el fruto para vida eterna. Ahora tanto el sembrador como el segador se alegran juntos. 37 Porque como dice el refrán: “Uno es el que siembra y otro el que cosecha.” 38 Yo los he enviado a ustedes a cosechar lo que no les costó ningún trabajo. Otros se han fatigado trabajando, y ustedes han cosechado el fruto de ese trabajo.

Muchos samaritanos creen en Jesús

39 Muchos de los samaritanos que vivían en aquel pueblo creyeron en él por el testimonio que daba la mujer: «Me dijo todo lo que he hecho.» 40 Así que cuando los samaritanos fueron a su encuentro le insistieron en que se quedara con ellos. Jesús permaneció allí dos días, 41 y muchos más llegaron a creer por lo que él mismo decía.

42 —Ya no creemos sólo por lo que tú dijiste —le decían a la mujer—; ahora lo hemos oído nosotros mismos, y sabemos que verdaderamente éste es el Salvador del mundo.

Jesús sana al hijo de un funcionario

43 Después de esos dos días Jesús salió de allí rumbo a Galilea 44 (pues, como él mismo había dicho, a ningún profeta se le honra en su propia tierra). 45 Cuando llegó a Galilea, fue bien recibido por los galileos, pues éstos habían visto personalmente todo lo que había hecho en Jerusalén durante la fiesta de la Pascua, ya que ellos habían estado también allí.

46 Y volvió otra vez Jesús a Caná de Galilea, donde había convertido el agua en vino. Había allí un funcionario real, cuyo hijo estaba enfermo en Capernaúm. 47 Cuando este hombre se enteró de que Jesús había llegado de Judea a Galilea, fue a su encuentro y le suplicó que bajara a sanar a su hijo, pues estaba a punto de morir.

48 —Ustedes nunca van a creer si no ven señales y prodigios —le dijo Jesús.

49 —Señor —rogó el funcionario—, baja antes de que se muera mi hijo.

50 —Vuelve a casa, que tu hijo vive —le dijo Jesús—.

El hombre creyó lo que Jesús le dijo, y se fue. 51 Cuando se dirigía a su casa, sus siervos salieron a su encuentro y le dieron la noticia de que su hijo estaba vivo. 52 Cuando les preguntó a qué hora había comenzado su hijo a sentirse mejor, le contestaron:

—Ayer a la una de la tarde[e] se le quitó la fiebre.

53 Entonces el padre se dio cuenta de que precisamente a esa hora Jesús le había dicho: «Tu hijo vive.» Así que creyó él con toda su familia.

54 Ésta fue la segunda señal que hizo Jesús después de que volvió de Judea a Galilea.

Footnotes

  1. Juan 4:1 Jesús. Var. El Señor.
  2. Juan 4:6 del mediodía. Lit. de la hora sexta; véase nota en 1:39.
  3. Juan 4:9 no usan nada en común. Alt. no se llevan bien.
  4. Juan 4:23 en espíritu y en verdad. Alt. por el Espíritu y la verdad; también en v. 24.
  5. Juan 4:52 la una de la tarde. Lit. la hora séptima; véase nota en 1:39.

Amplified Bible

John 4

Jesus Goes to Galilee

1So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and returned again to Galilee. Now [a]He had to go through [b]Samaria. So He arrived at a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the tract of land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, tired as He was from His journey, sat down by the well. It was then about the sixth hour (noon).

The Samaritan Woman

Then a woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink”— For His disciples had gone off into the city to buy food— The Samaritan woman asked Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a [c]Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew [about] God’s gift [of eternal life], and who it is who says, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him [instead], and He would have given you living water (eternal life).” 11 She said to Him, “Sir, [d]You have nothing to draw with [no bucket and rope] and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father [e]Jacob, who gave us the well, and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?” 13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not get thirsty nor [have to continually] come all the way here to draw.” 16 At this, Jesus said, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 The woman answered, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I do not have a husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your [f]husband. You have said this truthfully.” 19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I see that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one ought to worship is in Jerusalem [at the temple].” 21 Jesus replied, “Woman, believe Me, a time is coming [when God’s kingdom comes] when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You [Samaritans] do not know what you worship; we [Jews] do know what we worship, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ—the Anointed); when that One comes, He will tell us everything [we need to know].” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you, am He (the Messiah).”

27 Just then His disciples came, and they were surprised to find Him talking with a woman. However, no one said, “What are You asking about?” or, “Why are You talking to her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar, and went into the city and began telling the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done! Can this be the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)?” 30 So the people left the city and were coming to Him.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus [to have a meal], saying, “Rabbi (Teacher), eat.” 32 But He told them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘It is still four months until the harvest comes?’ Look, I say to you, raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest. 36 Already the reaper is receiving his wages and he is gathering fruit for eternal life; so that he who plants and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘One [person] sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap [a crop] for which you have not worked. Others have worked and you have been privileged to reap the results of their work.”

The Samaritans

39 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them]; 42 and they told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.”

43 After the two days He went on from there into Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself declared that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He arrived in Galilee, the Galileans [g]welcomed Him, since they had seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they too came to the feast.

Healing a Nobleman’s Son

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a [h]certain royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum. 47 Having heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he [i]went to meet 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 [miraculous] signs and wonders, you [simply] will not believe.” 49 The royal official pleaded with Him, “Sir, do come down [at once] before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives!” The man believed what Jesus said to him and started home. 51 As he was already going down [the road], his servants met him and reported that his son was living [and was healthy]. 52 So he asked them at what time he began to get better. They said, “Yesterday during the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that it was at that very hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son lives”; and he and his entire household believed and confidently trusted [in Him as Savior]. 54 This is the second sign (attesting miracle) that Jesus performed [in Cana] after He had come from Judea to Galilee [revealing that He is the Messiah].

Footnotes

  1. John 4:4 Jesus went through Samaria to show that He is the Savior of all people.
  2. John 4:4 Samaria was centrally located between Judea (south) and Galilee (north). The Jews despised Samaritans because they were Jews who had intermarried with non-Jews and followed a heretical religion. Most Jews traveled out of their way to avoid Samaria.
  3. John 4:9 The Jews considered Samaritan women ceremonially unclean.
  4. John 4:11 The woman’s response is due to the fact that “living water” was the normal description for running water. She probably thought that Jesus was referring to the underground water source that fed the well.
  5. John 4:12 Jacob (renamed Israel in Gen 32:28) was the son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham and father of the twelve sons who established the twelve tribes of Israel.
  6. John 4:18 God does not regard cohabitation as marriage. Marriage is a binding, legal covenant between a man and a woman.
  7. John 4:45 In view of John’s wording in v 44 (For Jesus Himself declared...), the Galileans evidently were very interested in His miracles, but did not recognize or regard Jesus as their source of salvation.
  8. John 4:46 Probably an official of Herod Antipas.
  9. John 4:47 Capernaum to Cana was about eighteen miles.