Luke 16

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

1He also said to the disciples: “There was a rich a man who received an accusation that his manager b was squandering c his possessions. 2 So he called the manager in and asked, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, d because you can no longer be my manager.’

3 “Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should 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 50.’

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 80.’

8 “The master praised the unrighteous manager e because he had acted astutely. For the sons of this age f are more astute than the sons of light g in dealing with their own people.
Lit own generation
9 And I tell you, make friends i for yourselves by means of the unrighteous money j so that when it fails,
Other mss read when you fail or pass away
they may welcome you into eternal dwellings.
10Whoever is faithful l in very little m is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? 13 No n household slave can be the
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slave of two masters, since either he will hate p one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.”

Kingdom Values

14 The
Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral law
Pharisees, who were lovers of money, r were listening to all these things and scoffing s at Him.
15 And He told them: “You are the ones who justify t yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. u For what is highly admired by people is revolting v in God’s sight.

16 “The w Law and the Prophets x were
Perhaps were proclaimed, or were in effect
until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God z has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it.
Or everyone is forcing his way into it
17 But it is easier ab for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the law to drop out.

18 “Everyone ac who divorces ad his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, ae and everyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19“There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, af feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. ag 21He longed to be filled ah with what fell from the rich man’s table, ai but instead the dogs aj would come and lick his sores. 22One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.
Or to Abraham’s bosom; lit to the fold of Abraham’s robe; Jn 13:23
al The rich man also died and was buried.
23 And being in torment am in
Hades: The Greek word for the place of the dead; it corresponds to the Hebrew word Sheol.
Hades, ao he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side.
24 ‘Father Abraham!’ ap he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony aq in this flame!’

25 “‘Son,’
Lit Child
Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, as just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, at while you are in agony.
26 Besides 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 28 because I have five brothers – to warn au them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’

29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; av they should listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’aw
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