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Luke 16:1-31

16  And he also said to the disciples “Once upon a time there was a rich man who had a steward, and word was passed to him that the steward was throwing away his property; 2  and he called him and said to him ‘What is this I hear about you? hand in the accounts for your stewardship, for you cannot be steward any longer.’ 3  And the steward said to himself ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking away the stewardship from me? I am not able to dig, I am ashamed to beg. 4  I know what I will do, so that when I am turned out of the stewardship they will receive me into their homes’; 5  and he called each of his master’s debtors to him and said to the first ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6  and he said ‘A thousand gallons of oil,’ and he said to him ‘Here is your note; sit right down and write “five hundred.”’ 7  Then he said to another ‘And how much do you owed?’ and he said ‘A thousand bushels of wheat.’ He said to him ‘Here is your note; write “eight hundred.”’ 8*  And the master praised the fraudful steward for having done sagaciously, because the sons of the times are more sagacious than the sons of light for their own generation. 9  And I tell you, get friends for yourselves out of fraudful money, that when it gives out they may receive you into the eternal habitations. 10  He who is faithful about a trifle is also faithful about a great thing, and he who is fraudulent about a trifle is also fraudulent about a great thing. 11  So if you have not proved faithful about fraudulent money who will entrust you with the real? 12*  and if you have not proved faithful about a thing of somebody else’s, who will give you your own? 13  No domestic can belong to two masters, for he will either hate the one and love the other or be attentive to the one and despise the other: you cannot belong to God and money.” 14  And the Pharisees, being money-lovers, heard all this and sneered at him; 15  and he said to them “You are the ones who make yourselves out righteous before men, but God knows your hearts; because what is lofty among men is an abomination before God. 16  There was the law and the prophets until John; since then the gospel of the Reign of God is being preached and everybody is pushing into it. 17  But it is easier for the heavens and the earth to pass away than for the dot of one i in the law to drop away. 18  Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and so does he who marries a divorced woman. 19  “But once upon a time there was a rich man, and he used to wear purple and lawn in a round of gaiety and splendor day after day. 20  And a poor man, Lazarus by name, lay sick on the ground at his gate, ulcerated 21  and wishing he could have a meal out of what dropped on the floor from the rich man’s table; yes, and the dogs too came and licked over his sores. 22  Well, the poor man died, and he was carried off to Abraham’s bosom by the angels. And the rich man died too, and was buried; 23  and in the world of the dead, being in tortures, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham in the distance, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24  And he called out ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in pain in this flame’; 25  but Abraham said ‘My child, remember that you had your good things paid over during your life, and Lazarus his bad likewise; but now here he is comforted and you are in pain. 26  And withal between us and you there is planted a great gulf so that those who want to go over from here to you may not be able, and that they may not cross from there to us.’ 27  And he said ‘Then, father, pray send him to my family 28  (for I have five brothers) to testify to them, that they may not also come to this place of torture’; 29  but Abraham said ‘They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them.’ 30  And he said ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them they will repent’; 31  but he told him ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be satisfied even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Footnotes

16:8 Or the sons of this world are more sagacious
16:12 Var. our own