Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Woman of Samaria

And Jesus returned unto Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city near to the ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being weary with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about noon.

And there cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water.

Jesus saith unto her, "Give me to drink." For his disciples were gone away into the city to buy meat.

Then saith the woman 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.

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

The woman saith unto him, "Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep."

Jesus answered and said unto her, "Whosoever shall drink of this water, shall thirst again; but whosoever shall drink 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."

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

And again she said, "Sir, I see that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."

Jesus saith unto her, "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. God is a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth."

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

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

And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman.

The woman then left her water-pots, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, "Come, see, is not this the Christ?"

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

In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, "Master, eat." But he said unto them, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of."

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

Jesus said unto them, "My meat is to do the will of my Father which sent me, and to finish his work."

So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him, and said, "We have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."

When Jesus was come into Galilee the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast; for they also went unto the feast. And there went out a fame of him through all the land round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

So he came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

Then said Jesus unto him, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."

The nobleman saith unto him, "Sir, come down, ere my child die."

Jesus saith unto him, "Go thy way, thy son liveth."

And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, "Thy son liveth."

Then asked he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."

So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said unto him, "Thy son liveth"; and himself believed and his whole house.



And Jesus came and dwelt in Capernaum which is upon the sea-coast. And it came to pass that as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the Lake of Galilee, and saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the boats whicL1 was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people out of the boat.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."

And Simon answering said unto him, "Master, we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net."

And when they had this done, they caught a great multitude of fishes: and their nets brake. And they beckoned unto their partners which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord."

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of fishes which they had taken: and so was also James and John, which were partners with Simon. And when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

And they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell Jesus of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up; and the fever left her; and she ministered unto them.

And at even when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick. And all the city was gathered together at the door; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

And Jesus went about all Galilee; and it came to pass when he was in a certain city there came a leper unto him, kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, "If thou wilt, thou cant make me clean."

And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, "I will: be thou clean."

And as soon as he had spoken the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he sent him away, and saith unto him, "See thou say nothing to any man, but go thy way, show thyself to the priests."

But he, went out and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter, and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.