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The Unrighteous Steward

1 Now He was also saying to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported F360 to him as squandering R691 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 F361 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 F362 debtors, and he began saying to the first, `How much do you owe my master?' 6 "And he said, `A hundred measures F363 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 F364 of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill, and write eighty.' 8 "And his master F365 praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this R692 age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind F366 than the sons R693 of light. 9 "And I say to you, make R694 friends for yourselves by means of the wealth R695 F367 of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they R696 will receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 "He R697 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, R698 F368 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 R699 servant F369 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 serve God and wealth." R700 F370

14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers R701 of money, were listening to all these things and were R702 scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify R703 yourselves in F371 the sight of men, but God R704 knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in F371 the sight of God.

16 "The R705 Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the R706 gospel of the kingdom of God has F372 been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 "But R707 it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke F373 of a letter of the Law to fail.

18 "Everyone R708 who divorces F374 his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced F375 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 R709 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 R710 bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 "In Hades R711 he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 "And he cried out and said, `Father R712 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 R713 flame.' 25 "But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during R714 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 F376 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 R715 them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' 29 "But Abraham said, `They have Moses R716 and the Prophets; let them hear them.' 30 "But he said, `No, father R717 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.' "

F360: Or accused
F361: Or lord
F362: Or lord's
F363: Greek baths, a Hebrew unit of measure equaling about 7 1/2 gal.
F364: Greek kors, one kor equals between 10 and 12 bu
F365: Or lord
F366: Lit generation
F367: Greek mammon, fr Aram mamona, signifying riches, wealth, etc, personified as an object of worship
F368: Greek mammon, fr Aram mamona, signifying riches, wealth, etc, personified as an object of worship
F369: Or house-servant
F370: Greek mammon, fr Aram mamona, signifying riches, wealth, etc, personified as an object of worship
F371: Lit before
F371: Lit before
F372: Lit is preached
F373: I.e. projection of a letter (serif)
F374: Or sends away
F375: Or sent away
F376: Lit in all these things

R691: Luke 15:13
R692: Matthew 12:32; Luke 20:34
R693: John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5
R694: Matthew 19:21; Luke 11:41; 12:33
R695: Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:11,13
R696: Luke 16:4
R697: Matthew 25:21,23
R698: Luke 16:9
R699: Matthew 6:24
R700: Luke 16:9
R701: 2 Timothy 3:2
R702: Luke 23:35
R703: Luke 10:29; 18:9,14
R704: 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 21:2; Acts 1:24; Romans 8:27
R705: Matthew 11:12f
R706: Matthew 4:23
R707: Matthew 5:18
R708: Matthew 5:32; 1 Corinthians 7:10,11
R709: Acts 3:2
R710: John 1:18; 13:23
R711: Matthew 11:23
R712: Luke 3:8; 16:30; 19:9
R713: Matthew 25:41
R714: Luke 6:24
R715: Acts 2:40; 8:25; 10:42; 18:5; 20:21ff; 23:11; 28:23; Galatians 5:3; Ephesians 4:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:11; 4:6
R716: Luke 4:17; John 5:45-47; Acts 15:21
R717: Luke 3:8; 16:24; 19:9


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