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Luke 16:1-18 (New American Standard)

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The Unrighteous Steward

1 Now He was also saying to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was areported to him as 1squandering his possessions. 2 "And he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' 3 "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my bmaster is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 'I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.' 5 "And he summoned each one of his cmaster's debtors, and he began saying to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' 6 "And he said, 'A hundred dmeasures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' 7 "Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred emeasures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' 8 "And his fmaster praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of 2this age are more shrewd in relation to their own gkind than the 3sons of light. 9 "And I say to you, 4make friends for yourselves by means of the h5wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, 6they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 "7He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous i8wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 "And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 "9No jservant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and k10wealth." 14 Now the Pharisees, who were 11lovers of money, were listening to all these things and 12were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, "You are those who 13justify yourselves lin the sight of men, but 14God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable min the sight of God. 16 "15The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time 16the gospel of the kingdom of God nhas been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 "17But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one ostroke of a letter of the Law to fail. 18 "18Everyone who pdivorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is qdivorced from a husband commits adultery.
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