Luke 16 New American Standard Bible

The Parable of the Dishonest Steward

16 1  Now He was also saying to the disciples , "There was a rich man who had a manager , and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions . 2  "And he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management , for you can no longer be manager .' 3  "The manager said to himself , 'What shall I do , since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig ; I am ashamed to beg . 4  'I know what I shall do , so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes .' 5  "And he summoned each one of his master's debtors , and he began saying to the first , 'How much do you owe my master ?' 6  "And he said , 'A hundred measures of oil .' And he said to him, 'Take your bill , and sit down quickly and write fifty .' 7  "Then he said to another , 'And how much do you owe ?' And he said , 'A hundred measures of wheat .' He said to him, 'Take your bill , and write eighty .' 8  "And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly ; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light . 9  "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness , so that when it fails , they will receive you into the eternal dwellings . 10  " He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much ; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much . 11  "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth , who will entrust the true riches to you? 12  "And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's , who will give you that which is your own? 13  " No servant can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other , or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other . You cannot e serve God and wealth ." 14  Now the Pharisees , who were lovers of money , were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15  And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men , but God knows your hearts ; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God .

The Law and the Kingdom of God

16  " The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John ; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached , and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17  " But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail .

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

18  " Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery , and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery .

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19  "Now there was a rich man , and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen , joyously living in splendor every day . 20  "And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate , covered with sores , 21  and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table ; besides , even the dogs were coming and licking his sores . 22  "Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom ; and the rich man also died and was buried . 23  "In Hades he lifted up his eyes , being in torment , and saw Abraham far away e and Lazarus in his bosom . 24  "And he cried out and said , ' Father Abraham , have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue , for I am in agony in this flame .' 25  "But Abraham said , 'Child , remember that during your life you received your good things , and likewise Lazarus bad things ; but now he is being comforted here , and you are in agony . 26  'And besides all this , between us and you there is a great chasm fixed , so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able , and that none may cross over from there to us.' 27  "And he said , 'Then I beg you, father , that you send him to my father's house - 28  for I have five brothers -in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment .' 29  "But Abraham said , 'They have Moses and the Prophets ; let them hear them.' 30  "But he said , 'No , father Abraham , but if someone goes to them from the dead , they will repent !' 31  "But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets , they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead .' "

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