Jesus sat at Jacob’s well (Jn 4:6-4:6)

“Jacob’s well

Was there.


Tired out

By his journey,

Was sitting

By the well.

It was the sixth hour,

About noon.”

ἦν δὲ ἐκεῖ πηγὴ τοῦ Ἰακώβ. ὁ οὖν Ἰησοῦς κεκοπιακὼς ἐκ τῆς ὁδοιπορίας ἐκαθέζετο οὕτως ἐπὶ τῇ πηγῇ· ὥρα ἦν ὡς ἕκτη.

John uniquely indicated that Jacob’s well was there (ἦν δὲ ἐκεῖ πηγὴ τοῦ Ἰακώβ).  Jesus was tired (ὁ οὖν Ἰησοῦς κεκοπιακὼς) from his journey (ἐκ τῆς ὁδοιπορίας), as John showed his human side.  Jesus was sitting (ἐκαθέζετο οὕτως) by the well (ἐπὶ τῇ πηγῇ), since it was the sixth hour (ὥρα ἦν ὡς ἕκτη) or about noon.  Since Jacob had lived here, there was a presumption that this was Jacob’s well, but it was not explicitly mentioned in any of the Hebrew Scriptures.  Sitting at a well was like a place for young people to court one another, since young women would come to fetch water for their family.  There were many instances where young people meet for the first time at these public wells, such as Isaac, Jacob, and Moses.  This took place at midday or in bright sunlight, unlike Nicodemus who came to Jesus at night.  Have you ever seen a drinking water well?

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