Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.12So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'3"The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg--4I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'5"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'6" 'Eight hundred gallonsa of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'7"Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' " 'A thousand bushelsb of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'8"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world2 are more shrewd3 in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.49I tell you, use worldly wealth5 to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.610"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,7 and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,8 who will trust you with true riches?12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?13"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."914
The Pharisees, who loved money,10 heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.1115
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves12 in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.13 What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
16"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.14 Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached,15 and everyone is forcing his way into it.17It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.1618"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.17