John 4:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 4:36, NIV: "Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together."

John 4:36, ESV: "Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together."

John 4:36, KJV: "And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."

John 4:36, NASB: "Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps may rejoice together."

John 4:36, NLT: "The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!"

John 4:36, CSB: "The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together."

What does John 4:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The physical and emotional payoff of planting crops comes when those returns are finally harvested. This is a time of happiness for everyone involved. And yet, the primary joy is for those who do the reaping: those bringing in the finished goods. Spiritually, those who plant seeds of the gospel are not always the same people who see those seeds take root and grow. In fact, more often than not, people are led to Christ after one person plants a seed, a different person nourishes it, and still another helps the person express truly saving faith.

Earlier, the Samaritan woman mentioned the Messiah (John 4:25). She also mentions Messiah to the people in town after speaking with Jesus (John 4:29). It's possible that she'd heard these ideas from the followers of John the Baptist. In other words, seeds have been planted in this area—the disciples need to pay attention and see where there are opportunities for a harvest! Jesus' remark in verse 35 suggests this very idea. Others have planted seeds, now the time has come to bring those returns in.