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|1||And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.|
|2||And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.|
|3||Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.|
|4||I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.|
|5||So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?|
|6||And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.|
|7||Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.|
|8||And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this aworld are in their generation wiser than the children of light.|
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the 1mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
|10||He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.|
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous 1mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
|12||And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?|
No servant can serve 1two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and 2mammon.
|14||And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.|
|15||And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.|
The 1law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
|17||And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.|
Whosoever 1putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
There was a certain rich man, which was 1clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain abeggar named bLazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
|21||And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.|
|22||And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;|
|23||And in ahell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.|
And he cried and said, Father 1Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
|25||But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.|
|26||And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.|
|27||Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:|
|28||For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.|
|29||Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.|
|30||And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.|
|31||And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.|
|Notes on Chapter 16|
(a) "world" = "age" - Strongs #165 "aion", an age.
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(a) "beggar" = to crouch, humble, poor. Strongs #4434 "ptochos" = to crouch, cringing. (b) "Lazarus" = "protected by God". Strongs #2976 "Lazaros", of Hebrew origin from Strongs #499 "Elazar" = from Strongs #410 "El" = the Almighty God, and Strongs #5826 "azar" = to surround, protect, aid.
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(a) "hell" = hades, or the grave.
See notes at Matt 11:23
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