the Woman of Samaria
It was not the time of day when most women came
to the well to draw water, but it was a time when this woman
of Samaria heard less sarcastic gossip about herself.
She tied her bucket to her rope and let it all the way down
the deep well until it struck the water below. When she felt
the little tug of the rope indicating that the bucket had sunk
beneath the surface of the water, she began the laborous task
of drawing it up again. All the time out of the corner of her
eye she was watching the Jewish stranger who offered no help.
Untying the knot of the rope that securely held the handle of
the bucket, she came to the point of departing from the well
when she heard the stranger ask for a drink.
Being somewhat startled she said, "What! You a Jew, ask a
drink of me, a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings
with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her," If only you knew what
God gives, and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you
would have asked him and he would have given you living
"Sir," the woman said, "you have no bucket and this well is
deep. How can you give me living water? Are you greater than
our ancestor, Jacob, who gave us this well, and drank here
himself with his family and his cattle?"
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be
thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him
will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring
always welling up into eternal life."
The woman said, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may stop
being thirsty --and not have to come here and draw water any
And when Jesus had finished examining her life, her husbands,
the one who was not her husband, her anxiety about where one
should worship, and her faith in the Messiah, he gave her his
John 4:4-42; Luke 7:36-50; Judges 9:6-7.