Gospel of John chapter 4

Reading and Interpretation by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 4

1. Eashoa knew that the Pharisees had heard that he was making many [into] disciples, much more than John, 2. Even though it was not Eashoa [himself] who was [doing the] baptizing but his disciples. 3. He left Judea and he went again to Galilee. 4. He had to pass through Samaria. 5. And he came to the Samaritan town which is called Sychar* next to the side of the field that was given by Jacob to his son Joseph. 6. And [also] Jacob's water well was there. Since Eashoa was tired from the exertions of the journey, he sat at the well, and it was the sixth hour [of the day.] 7. There came a woman from Samaria, to get* water, and Eashoa said to her, “Give me [some] drinking water.” 8. His disciples had left for town to buy themselves some goods. 9. Thus said the Samaritan woman to him, “What [kind of a] Jew are you [that] you ask me for a drink, me being a Samaritan woman? For Jews do not regard Samaritans worthy enough.” 10. Eashoa replied and said to her, “If you [only] knew the [gracious] gift of Allaha and who told you to give him water, you would have been asking, and he would have given you the living waters.” 11. [And] that woman told him, “My Maryah, you have neither a [retrieving] bucket nor a deep [enough] well, then where [do you get] your living waters? 12. “Why, are you greater than Jacob, who gave us this well, from which he drank, and his sons and his herds?” 13. Eashoa replied and told her, “Whoever drinks of these waters will thirst again. 14. “Whoever drinks of the waters that I have will never thirst again*, except that the waters which I give them, will become a well of waters inside them, that will well out [and lead] to eternal* life.” 15. [Then] the woman said to him, “My Maryah, give me of these waters, so that I may neither thirst, nor have to come here for drawing [water again.]” 

16. Eashoa told her, “Go and call your mate* and come [back] here.” 17. She told him, “I do not have a mate.” Eashoa told her, “How nice* you say that you do not have a mate! 18. “For you have had five mates, and the one you have [now] is not going to be your mate. This [much] you said truthfully.” 19. [Then] the woman said to him, “My Maryah, I see you are a prophet! 20. “Our ancestors* worshipped at this mountain, and [yet] you say that in Jerusalem is the [rightful] place* to worship.” 21. Eashoa told her, “Woman, believe me, the hour will come that neither at this mountain, nor at Jerusalem they shall worship the Father. 22. “You worship the things which you do not know, we worship what we know ourselves, that Life [came] from the Jews. 23. “Except that the hour is coming, and it is now, when the faithful* worshippers worship the Father in Spirit and truthfulness, for the Father also wants worshippers such as these. 24. “Allaha is a Spirit and those who worship him must* worship him in Spirit and faithfulness*.” 25. [That] woman told him, “I know that the Anointed One is coming and when he comes he will teach us everything.” 26. Eashoa told her, “I am the One, who is speaking with you.” 27. And as he was speaking, his disciples [returned] and were amazed that he was talking to the woman. Not one* of them said: “What do you want?” Or, “Why are you talking to him?” 28. And the woman left her water jug and went into town and said to the people*, 29. “Come [all of you] and see a man who told me everything that you* do. [Might] he not be the Anointed One?” 30. And the people left the town and went to him. 

31. And in-between all this the disciples wanted him [to eat,] saying to him, “Rabbi, start chewing.” 32. But he said to them, “I have food to eat, of which you do not know.” 33. The disciples said amongst themselves, “Who* could have brought him something to eat?” 34. Eashoa told them, “The food that I came for is to satisfy whom sent me and to adhere* to his mission*. 35. “Do you not say that after four months the harvest is coming? Behold, I am telling you, lift up your eyes and see the lands that have [turned] white, ripe for the harvest, from long ago; 36. “But, the reaper earns payment, and gathers* harvests for eternal life, and the sower and the reaper are happy together. 37. “For this [reason] came the Manifestation of the Truth, that somebody* [should] sow and the other [shall] harvest. 38. “I sent you to harvest, the thing that it was not you who labored with, because others labored [with it,] and you are handling* their works.” 

39. From that town many Samaritans believed in him, because that woman believed his word*, to which she testified that, “He told me everything that one does.” 40. And as the Samaritans came to him, they wanted him to stay with them, and he stayed with them two days; 41. And many believed in him because of his word*. 42. And they told that woman, “From now on it is not because of your testimony* that we believe in him, for [now] we have heard and understand, that here, truly, [stands] the Anointed Life-giver* of the universe.” 

43. And after two days, Eashoa left there and went to Galilee. 44. For Eashoa [himself] testified that a prophet is not respected in his own town. 45. As he came to Galilee, the Galileans received him, as they had seen all the signs he had performed in Jerusalem during the feast, for they had also gone there for the feast. 46. Again Eashoa came to Cana of Galilee, where he [turned] the water into wine. And there was in Capernaum a servant of a king, one whose son was ill. 47. As he heard that Eashoa was coming from Judea to Galilee, [the servant] went to him and he wanted from him to come down and heal his son, for he was near death. 48. Eashoa told him, “If you do not see signs and wonders, you do not believe!” 49. The king's servant said, “My Maryah, come down before* the child dies.” 50. Eashoa said to him, “Go, the son is alive.” And the man [did] believe in the word* that Eashoa spoke and went. 51. As [the king] was coming down, [there] met him his servants and [they made him] wait and told him, “Your son lives.” 52. And he asked them, “At what time did he come to*?” They told him, “Yesterday, in the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53. And the father knew it was in that hour that Eashoa had said, “Your son shall live;” and he believed, and his entire household. 54. This was again the second sign that Eashoa performed as he came from Judea to Galilee. 

Footnotes: 4:5 In Aramaic: “Sugar.” -- 4:7 “To fill up.” -- 4:14. 1 Literal expression: “Will not thirst to the end of the universe.” -- 4:14. 2 Literal expression: “To the universal life.” -- 4:16 “The [one] who loves you.” -- 4:17 “Beautiful.” -- 4:20. 1 “Parents.” -- 4:20. 2 “Land. -- 4:23 “Truthful.” -- 4:24. 1 “Dutifully.” -- 4:24. 2 “Truthfulness.” -- 4:27 “Human [being.]” -- 4:28 “Human [beings.]” -- 4:29 Figure of speech retained. “Anything anybody [does.]” -- 4:33 “What human [being.]” -- 4:34. 1 Aramaic: “To follow through to completion” is also implied in the usage. -- 4:34. 2 “Work.” -- 4:36 “Sweeps.” -- 4:37 “The other one.” -- 4:38 Aramaic retained, meaning here: “Expediting.” -- 4:39. 1 “Manifestation.” -- 4:39. 2 “You [do].” -- 4:41 “Manifestation.” -- 4:42. 1 “Manifestation.” -- 4:42. 2 Aramaic, as in: “Creator.” -- 4:49 “So as not.” -- 4:50 “Manifestation.” -- 4:52 “[Regained his] strength.”

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