1He also said to his disciples, 'There was a rich man and he had a steward who was denounced to himfor being wasteful with his property. 2He called for the man and said, "What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of yourstewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer." 3Then the steward said to himself, "Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I todo? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. 4Ah, I know what I wil do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some towelcome me into their homes." 5'Then he called his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, "How much do you owe mymaster?" 6"One hundred measures of oil," he said. The steward said, "Here, take your bond; sit down and quickly write fifty." 7To another he said, "And you, sir, how much do you owe?" "One hundred measures of wheat," hesaid. The steward said, "Here, take your bond and write eighty." 8'The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are moreastute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.' 9'And so I tel you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when itfails you, they wil welcome you into eternal dwel ings. 10Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in littlethings is dishonest in great. 11If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who wil trust you with genuine riches? 12And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own? 13'No servant can be the slave of two masters: he wil either hate the first and love the second, or beattached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.' 14The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and jeered at him. 15He said to them, 'You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as upright in people's sight, but Godknows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed in human eyes is loathsome in the sight of God. 16'Up to the time of John it was the Law and the Prophets; from then onwards, the kingdom of God hasbeen preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17'It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for one little stroke to drop out of the Law. 18'Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery, and the man who marries awoman divorced by her husband commits adultery. 19'There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. 20And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to fil himself with what fel from the rich man's table. Even dogs came and licked hissores. 22Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels into Abraham'sembrace. The rich man also died and was buried. 23'In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. 24So he cried out, "Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water andcool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames." 25Abraham said, "My son, remember that during your life you had your fill of good things, just asLazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. 26But that is not al : between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want tocross from our side to yours or from your side to ours." 27'So he said, "Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father's house, 28since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too." 29Abraham said, "They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them." 30The rich man replied, "Ah no, father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they willrepent." 31Then Abraham said to him, "If they wil not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they wil not beconvinced even if someone should rise from the dead."
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