The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
1Now he said to the disciples, “There was a rich16:1 Lk 16:19 man who received an accusation that his manager16:1 Lk 12:42 was squandering16:1 Lk 15:13 his possessions.
3 “Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do since my master is taking the management away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig; I’m ashamed to beg.
4I know what I’ll do so that when I’m removed from management, people will welcome me into their homes.’
5 “So he summoned each one of his master’s debtors. ‘How much do you owe my master? ’ he asked the first one.
6 “‘A hundred measures of olive oil,’ he said.
“‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘sit down quickly, and write fifty.’
7 “Next he asked another, ‘How much do you owe?’
“‘A hundred measures of wheat,’ he said.
“‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘and write eighty.’
8 “The master praised the unrighteous manager 16:8 Lk 18:6 because he had acted shrewdly. For the children of this age16:8 Mt 12:32; Lk 20:34 are more shrewd than the children of light16:8 Jn 12:46; Eph 5:8; 1Th 5:5 in dealing with their own people.16:8 Lit own generation
9And I tell you, make friends16:9 Lk 11:41 for yourselves by means of worldly wealth16:9 Lit unrighteous money, also in v. 1116:9 Mt 6:24; 1Tm 6:10 so that when it fails, they may welcome you into eternal dwellings.
10Whoever is faithful16:10 Mt 25:21–23 in very little16:10 Lk 19:17 is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.
11So if you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with what is genuine?
12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own?
14The Pharisees, who were lovers of money,16:14 2Tm 3:2 were listening to all these things and scoffing16:14 Lk 23:35 at him.
16 “The 16:16–17 Mt 5:18; 11:12–13; 24:35; Mk 13:31 Law and the Prophets16:16 Mt 7:12; 22:40; Ac 13:15; Rm 3:21 were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God16:16 Mt 4:23 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urgently invited to enter it.16:16 Or everyone is forcing his way into it
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, 16:19 Ex 28:6; 35:35; Est 8:15; Pr 31:22; Ezk 27:16; Rv 18:16 feasting lavishly every day.
21He longed to be filled16:21 Lk 15:16 with what fell from the rich man’s table,16:21 Mt 15:27 but instead the dogs16:21 1Kg 21:19 would come and lick his sores.
22One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.16:22 Or to Abraham’s bosom; lit to the fold of Abraham’s robe; Jn 13:2316:22 Jn 13:23 The rich man also died and was buried.
23And being in torment16:23 Is 50:11 in Hades,16:23 Mt 11:23 he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side.
25 “‘Son,’ 16:25 Lit Child Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things,16:25 Lk 6:24 just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here,16:25 Mt 11:28 while you are in agony.
26Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’
27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house —
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
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