John 4:31-38

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." 32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" 34 Jesus said to them, y "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to z finish His work. 35 "Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes a the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, b for they are already white for harvest! 36 c "And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that d both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 "For in this the saying is true: e 'One sows and another reaps.' 38 "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; f others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 40:7
    Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
    Psalms 40:8
    I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.
    Hebrews 10:9
    Then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
  2. Cross References
    Job 23:12
    I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
    John 6:38
    For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
    John 17:4
    I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
    John 19:30
    So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 8:22
    While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 9:37
    Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
    Luke 10:2
    Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
  5. Cross References
    Daniel 12:3
    Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
    Romans 6:22
    But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
  6. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 2:19
    For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
  7. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:5 - 9
    Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 44:4
    'However I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, "Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate!"
    1 Peter 1:12
    To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven - things which angels desire to look into.
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