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Luke 16:19-31 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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19 "Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury. 20 At his gate had been laid a beggar named El`azar who was covered with sores. 21 He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man's table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Avraham's side; the rich man also died and was buried. 23 "In Sh'ol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Avraham far away with El`azar at his side. 24 He called out, `Father Avraham, take pity on me, and send El`azar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I'm in agony in this fire!' 25 However, Avraham said, `Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his conso lation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn't all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' 27 "He answered, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.' 29 But Avraham said, `They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.' 30 However, he said, `No, father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they'll repent!' 31 But he replied, `If they won't listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won't be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!'"
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