Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The truth of this verse is illustrated in the lives of two women, Naomi and Ruth, who were delivered from spiritual darkness. In spite of all her problems, Naomi directed Ruth toward following the true and living God (Ruth 1:22). Naomi was a real witness to Ruth, because a true witness is always kind to the outcasts.

Ruth was a Moabitess, and God had cursed her people for fighting against Moses. As a result, they could not enter the house of God until the tenth generation (Deuteronomy 23:3). Naomi's witness to Ruth ultimately led to Ruth's marriage into the ancestral line of Jesus. The "outcast" became a "princess"!

Jesus was a truthful witness in His discussion with the woman at the well. He told her that she needed to repent of her five marriages and present adulterous relationship (John 4:18). Others may have talked about her, but only Jesus was truthful with her. His simple statement of truth set her free, and she received the Living Water.

Let us spend our lives harvesting a spiritual crop for eternal life. There are endless fields of souls needing to hear the truth, and they are "ready now for the harvest" (John 4:35).

Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22

Wives for the Benjamites

21 The men of Israel had taken an oathS Jos 9:18 at Mizpah:S Jos 11:3 “Not one of us will givever 18, 22 his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite.”

The people went to Bethel,Or to the house of God where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.Lord, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missingver 6, 17 from Israel today?”

Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.Jdg 20:26

Then the Israelites asked, “Who from all the tribes of IsraelJdg 20:1 has failed to assemble before the Lord?” For they had taken a solemn oath that anyone who failed to assemble before the Lord at Mizpah was to be put to death.

Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. “Today one tribe is cut off from Israel,” they said.“How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oathS Jos 9:18 by the Lord not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?”Then they asked, “Which one of the tribes of Israel failed to assemble before the Lord at Mizpah?” They discovered that no one from Jabesh Gilead1Sa 11:1; 31:11; 2Sa 2:4; 21:12; 1Ch 10:11 had come to the camp for the assembly.For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there.

10 So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Kill every maleS Nu 31:7 and every woman who is not a virgin.Nu 31:17-1812 They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at ShilohS Jos 18:1 in Canaan.

13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peaceS Dt 2:26 to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.S Jos 15:3214 So the Benjamites returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there were not enough for all of them.

15 The people grieved for Benjamin,ver 6 because the Lord had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.16 And the elders of the assembly said, “With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out.S ver 318 We can’t give them our daughters as wives, since we Israelites have taken this oath:S Jos 9:18 ‘Cursed be anyone who givesS ver 1 a wife to a Benjamite.’19 But look, there is the annual festival of the Lord in Shiloh,S Jos 18:1 which lies north of BethelJos 16:1, east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem,S Jos 17:7 and south of Lebonah.”

20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards21 and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing,S Ex 15:20 rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife. Then return to the land of Benjamin.22 When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Do us the favor of helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war. You will not be guilty of breaking your oath because you did not giveS ver 1; ver 1, 18 your daughters to them.’”

23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the young women were dancing,ver 21 each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritanceS Jos 24:28 and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.Jdg 20:48

24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.

25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.S Dt 12:8

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

In the days when the judges ruled,Traditionally judgedJdg 2:16-18 there was a famine in the land.S Ge 12:10; 2Ki 6:25; Ps 105:16; Hag 1:11 So a man from Bethlehem in Judah,S Ge 35:19 together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a whileGe 47:4 in the country of Moab.S Ge 36:35The man’s name was Elimelek,ver 3; Ru 2:1; 4:3 his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion.ver 5; Ru 4:9 They were EphrathitesS Ge 35:16 from Bethlehem,Ge 35:19; 1Sa 16:18 Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.They married Moabite women,1Ki 11:1; 2Ch 24:26; Ezr 9:2; Ne 13:23 one named Orpah and the other Ruth.ver 14; Ru 4:13; Mt 1:5 After they had lived there about ten years,both Mahlon and KilionS ver 2 also died,ver 8; Ru 2:11 and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

When Naomi heard in MoabS Ge 36:35 that the Lord had come to the aid of his peopleS Ge 50:24; Ex 4:31; Jer 29:10; Zep 2:7 by providing foodPs 132:15; Mt 6:11 for them, she and her daughters-in-lawS Ge 11:31; S 38:16 prepared to return home from there.With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home.Ge 38:11 May the Lord show you kindness,S Ge 19:19; 2Ti 1:16 as you have shown kindness to your dead husbandsS ver 5 and to me.May the Lord grant that each of you will find restRu 3:1 in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissedS Ge 27:27; S 29:11 them goodbye and they wept aloudS Ge 27:38; S Nu 25:610 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands?Ge 38:11; Dt 25:512 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—13 would you wait until they grew up?Ge 38:11 Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitterver 20; Ex 1:14; 15:23; 1Sa 30:6 for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!S Jdg 2:15; S Job 4:5

14 At this they weptver 9 aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-lawRu 2:11; 3:1; Mic 7:6 goodbye,S Ge 31:28 but Ruth clung to her.S Dt 10:20

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-lawDt 25:7 is going back to her people and her gods.S Jos 24:14 Go back with her.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you2Ki 2:2 or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go,Ge 24:58 and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my peoplePs 45:10 and your God my God.S Jos 24:1517 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,1Sa 3:17; 14:44; 20:13; 25:22; 2Sa 3:9, 35; 2Sa 19:13; 1Ki 2:23; 19:2; 20:10; 2Ki 6:31 if even death separates you and me.”2Sa 15:2118 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.Ac 21:14

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem.S Jdg 17:7 When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirredMt 21:10 because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,Naomi means pleasant.” she told them. “Call me Mara,Mara means bitter. because the AlmightyHebrew Shaddai; also in verse 21S Ge 15:1; S 17:1; Ps 91:1 has made my life very bitter.S ver 1321 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.Job 1:21 Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflictedOr has testified against me;Job 30:11; Ps 88:7; Isa 53:4 the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite,Ru 2:2, 6, 21; 4:5, 10 her daughter-in-law,S Ge 11:31 arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvestS Ex 9:31; S Lev 19:9 was beginning.2Sa 21:9

Israel Provides Wives for Benjamin

21 The Israelites had vowed at Mizpah, “We will never give our daughters in marriage to a man from the tribe of Benjamin.”Now the people went to Bethel and sat in the presence of God until evening, weeping loudly and bitterly.“O Lord, God of Israel,” they cried out, “why has this happened in Israel? Now one of our tribes is missing from Israel!”

Early the next morning the people built an altar and presented their burnt offerings and peace offerings on it.Then they said, “Who among the tribes of Israel did not join us at Mizpah when we held our assembly in the presence of the Lord?” At that time they had taken a solemn oath in the Lord’s presence, vowing that anyone who refused to come would be put to death.

The Israelites felt sorry for their brother Benjamin and said, “Today one of the tribes of Israel has been cut off.How can we find wives for the few who remain, since we have sworn by the Lord not to give them our daughters in marriage?”

So they asked, “Who among the tribes of Israel did not join us at Mizpah when we assembled in the presence of the Lord?” And they discovered that no one from Jabesh-gilead had attended the assembly.For after they counted all the people, no one from Jabesh-gilead was present.

10 So the assembly sent 12,000 of their best warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children.11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroyThe Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering. all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.”12 Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found 400 young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

13 The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the remaining people of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon.14 Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the 400 women of Jabesh-gilead who had been spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them.

15 The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the Lord had made this gap among the tribes of Israel.16 So the elders of the assembly asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead?17 There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel is not wiped out.18 But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”

19 Then they thought of the annual festival of the Lord held in Shiloh, south of Lebonah and north of Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem.20 They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards.21 When you see the young women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to the land of Benjamin to be your wife!22 And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be sympathetic. Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find wives for all of them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not actually give your daughters to them in marriage.’”

23 So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. Each man caught one of the women as she danced in the celebration and carried her off to be his wife. They returned to their own land, and they rebuilt their towns and lived in them.

24 Then the people of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.

25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

Elimelech Moves His Family to Moab

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.

Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons.The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later,both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return

Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.

But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the Lord reward you for your kindness to your husbands and to me.May the Lord bless you with the security of another marriage.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they all broke down and wept.

10 “No,” they said. “We want to go with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi replied, “Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands?12 No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again. And even if it were possible, and I were to get married tonight and bear sons, then what?13 Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord himself has raised his fist against me.”

14 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi.15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.

19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. “Is it really Naomi?” the women asked.

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara,Naomi means “pleasant”; Mara means “bitter.” for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to sufferOr has testified against me. and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem in late spring, at the beginning of the barley harvest.

21 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.

And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

And said, O Lord God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?

And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the Lord? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the Lord to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.

How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?

And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the Lord? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.

For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.

11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.

14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.

15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?

17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.

18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.

19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.

20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;

21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.

23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.

24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance.

25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

John 4:4-42

Now he had to go through Samaria.S Mt 10:5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.Ge 33:19; Jos 24:32Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”Ge 24:17; 1Ki 17:10(His disciples had gone into the townver 5, 39 to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a SamaritanS Mt 10:5 woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.Or do not use dishes Samaritans have used)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”Isa 44:3; 55:1; Jer 2:13; 17:13; Zec 14:8; Jn 7:37, 38; Rev 7:17; 21:6; 22:1, 17

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the wellver 6 and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.Jn 6:35 Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of waterIsa 12:3; 58:11; Jn 7:38 welling up to eternal life.”S Mt 25:46

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirstyJn 6:34 and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.S Mt 21:1120 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain,Dt 11:29; Jos 8:33 but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”Lk 9:53

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is comingJn 5:28; 16:2 when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.Mal 1:11; 1Ti 2:822 You Samaritans worship what you do not know;2Ki 17:28-41 we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.Isa 2:3; Ro 3:1, 2; 9:4, 5; 15:8, 923 Yet a time is coming and has now comeJn 5:25; 16:32 when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the SpiritPhp 3:3 and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.24 God is spirit,Php 3:3 and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ)Mt 1:16; Jn 1:41 “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”Jn 8:24; 9:35-37

The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

27 Just then his disciples returnedver 8 and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.ver 17, 18 Could this be the Messiah?”Mt 12:23; Jn 7:26, 3130 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi,S Mt 23:7 eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eatJob 23:12; Mt 4:4; Jn 6:27 that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the willS Mt 26:39 of him who sent me and to finish his work.S Jn 19:3035 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.Mt 9:37; Lk 10:236 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvestsRo 1:13 a crop for eternal life,S Mt 25:46 so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’Job 31:8; Mic 6:15 is true.38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many of the Samaritans from that townver 5 believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”ver 2940 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”S Lk 2:11

He had to go through Samaria on the way.Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.Some manuscripts do not include this sentence. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.

17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.

Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband—18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim,Greek on this mountain. where our ancestors worshiped?”

21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus told her, I am the Messiah!”Or “The ‘I am’ is here”; or “I am the Lord”; Greek reads “I am, the one speaking to you.” See Exod 3:14.

27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?”28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?”30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripeGreek white. for harvest.36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true.38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days,41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe.42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

And he must needs go through Samaria.

Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

Then saith 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 have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, 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 thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

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

16 Jesus saith 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: in that saidst thou truly.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

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

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

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

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

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

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

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

31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

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

33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 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 fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

40 So 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;

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

Psalm 105:1-15

Psalm 105105:1-15pp — 1Ch 16:8-22

Give praise to the Lord,S 1Ch 16:34 proclaim his name;Ps 80:18; 99:6; 116:13; Joel 2:32; Ac 2:21

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him,Ps 30:4; 33:3; 96:1 sing praise to him;Ps 7:17; 18:49; 27:6; 59:17; 71:22; 146:2

tell of all his wonderful acts.S Ps 75:1

Glory in his holy name;S Ps 89:16

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his faceS Ps 24:6 always.

Remember the wondersS Ps 40:5 he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,S Dt 7:18

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,ver 42

his chosenS Dt 10:15; Ps 106:5 ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenantS Ge 9:15; Ps 106:45; 111:5; Eze 16:60; S Lk 1:72 forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham,Ge 12:7; S 15:18; S 22:16-18; Lk 1:73; Gal 3:15-18

the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed itGe 28:13-15 to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:Isa 55:3

11 “To you I will give the land of CanaanS Ge 12:7

as the portion you will inherit.”S Nu 34:2

12 When they were but few in number,Dt 7:7

few indeed, and strangers in it,Ge 23:4; Heb 11:9

13 they wandered from nation to nation,Ge 15:13-16; Nu 32:13; 33:3-49

from one kingdom to another.

14 He allowed no one to oppressGe 35:5 them;

for their sake he rebuked kings:Ge 12:17-20; S 20:3; S Ps 9:5

15 “Do not touchS Ge 26:11; S 1Sa 12:3 my anointed ones;

do my prophetsS Ge 20:7 no harm.”

Psalm 105

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

Let the whole world know what he has done.

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

Exult in his holy name;

rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

Search for the Lord and for his strength;

continually seek him.

Remember the wonders he has performed,

his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

you children of his servant Abraham,

you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the Lord our God.

His justice is seen throughout the land.

He always stands by his covenant—

the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

This is the covenant he made with Abraham

and the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

11 “I will give you the land of Canaan

as your special possession.”

12 He said this when they were few in number,

a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

13 They wandered from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

14 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

He warned kings on their behalf:

15 “Do not touch my chosen people,

and do not hurt my prophets.”

105 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;

10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;

14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Proverbs 14:25

25 A truthful witness saves lives,

but a false witness is deceitful.S Pr 12:17

25 A truthful witness saves lives,

but a false witness is a traitor.

25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

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