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18 He thatbelievethonhim(£f), is not condemned: hut he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only-begot

19 ten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darknefe rather than light, because their deeds were

20 evil. For everyone that doeth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be

21 reproved. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manisest, that they are wrought in God.

22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea, and there he tarried with them^ and baptized (h).

23 And John also was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much water there: and

24 they came,-and were baptized. For John was not yet cast into prison.

25 Then there arose a question betweensome of John's

26 disciples and the Jews, about purisying (/). And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, ami all

27 men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from.

28 heaven (i). Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

, (g) To believe on Christ, is to receive his doctrine, and obey hf» lavs; not only to trust in him as our Saviour, but to be governed by him as our Lord. It includes virtuous practice, as welt as found faith.

(A) It was not Jesus himself, but his difciples, that baptized. Chap. iv. 2.

(i) The dispute was probably about the superior excellence of Jesus's baptism compared with that of John.

(k) Lei not your zeal for my honour tempt you to look upon htm as a rival that will eclipse me; bur, on the contrary, treat him as I do, with the highest possible respect, for his authority is truly divine*

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29 He that hath the bride, is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's

30 voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled (I). He must

31 increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above, is above all: he that is of the earth, is earthly,' and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from

32 heaven, is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man (m) receiveth

33 his testimony. He that hath received his testimony,

34 hath set to his seal, that God is true («). For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God

35 giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him («). The Father loveth the Son, and hath given ail things in

36 to his hand. He that believeth on the Son, hath everlasting lise: and he that believeth not the Son (/>), shall not see life; but the wrath. of God abideth oa him.

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''HEN therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized

2 more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself bap

3 tized not, but bis disciples) He left Judea, and de4. parted again into Galilee (a). And he must needs go 5 through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of

($ I am the bridegroom's friend, and instead of envying, rejoice in his honour and happiness.

(m) No man, that is, comparatively, very sew.

(n) He that becomes his disciple> hath, as it were, given it under his hand and sea!, that God's promise to send the Messiah is true, and fulfilled in Jesus.

(0) See Chap. i. 17. Note.

(p) He that will not obey the Son. Obedience is implied in Christian faith, and is made the joint condition of Baptism. Matt. xxviii. 20.

(a) To avoid the envy and malice of the Jews.

8 'Samaria, Samaria, which is. called Sychar, near to the parcel . 6 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 (b): and it was 7 about the sixth hour(t). There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, $ Give me to drink. For his disciples were gone away g 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 (d)? for the Jews have no dealings with IO the Samaritans (f). Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of G od (/), and wlio it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living n water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast: .nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from 1.2 whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our sather Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, , 13 and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall # • .>1 . , ,, ,(£) As it were by chance, only to rest himself.

(c) The sixth hour is noon, and the heat of the day accountsfor his being thirsty and wishing to drink.

{d) See the melancholy essects of religious disserences, which flop the common intercourse of courtesy and humanity! for that Is what .is meant by dealings.

(e) The Samaritans were descendants from that mixt multitude, which was sent by Shalmanezer to inhabit those parts from whence he had earned away the Israelites, 1 Kings xvii.. These at first served other gods together with the one, true, living God; and though they were afterwards reformed from their idolatry, and received the sive books of Moses, yet, nevertheless, instead of assisting to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem, they built one in opposition ; to it on Mount Gerizim, and between them and the Jews there was always an irreconcileable hatred.

(/) ,Ii thou knewest the value of the opportunity God has given, thee,

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'-' *y give him, shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water

15 springing up into everlasting lise (g). The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not,

16 neither come hither to draw (h). Jesus saith unto her,

17 Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no

18 husband: For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thyhusband:' in that saidsf.

1 g thou truly (/). The woman saith unto him,.Sir, I per

20 ceive that thou art a prophet. Our sathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem

21 is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusa

22 fern, worship the Father (k). Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is

23 of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now (7) is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to

24 worship him. God is a Spirit, and they that wor

(g) Not such as is kept in cisterns, or drawn up from wells, but which flows in plentiful and perpetual streams, and is mod necessary for health and fise; for fife, I say., not only at present, but for ever.

(h) The woman not yet understanding our blested Saviour's meaning, he graciously contrives another method to convince her that he was the Christ. m

(j) She had probably been divorced from some of the five, according to the practice which then prevailed, and perhaps she was actually in that state at this time.

(i) God shall be no longer worstiipped in any particular place exclusively, neither on mount Gerizim, as is done by the Samaritans at present, no, nor yet in the temple of Jerusalem, though hitherto he hath vouchsased to place his name there, and expressly appointed the service to be performed; whereas you Samaritans have no such authority for your temple, which was built in direct opposition to the divine command, to serve a political purpose.

(/) The time is at band, and indeed is now actually come.

ship 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, ha

26 will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee, am be.

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled (m) 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- water-pot, and went her

29 way into the city, and saith to the men, Conie, see a man which told me all things that ever I did:

30 is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31 In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, say

32 ing, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have

33 meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him

34. aught ta eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish hfs

35 work. 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

36 already to harvest («). And he that reapeth, receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto lise eternal: that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice to

37 gether («). Andhereinis that saving true, One soweth,

38 and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereas) They w.ond<rred at our Lord's talking with the woman, for

the same reason that flic wondered (verje 10.) at his asking a savour of her , because she was a Samaritan.

(n) The usual distance from seed time to harvest is the space of sour months; but our spiritual. harvest is more speedy, for the corn is ripe already, though the seed is but just sown: meaning that his discourse with the woman, had been she happy occasion ot bringing a great number osothers from that town to hearken to his instructions.

(a) The sower and the reaper have eatib. his reward'from the husbandman for doing his work. v

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