The Pharisees, who were money-lovers, heard all this and sneered at Jesus.
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before other people, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued by people is deeply offensive to God. 16Until John, there was only the Law and the Prophets. Since then, the good news of God's kingdom is preached, and everyone is urged to enter it. 17It's easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest stroke of a pen in the Law to drop out. 18Any man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and a man who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. 19“There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day. 20At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Instead, dogs would come and lick his sores. 22“The poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23While being tormented in the place of the dead, he looked up and saw Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at his side. 24He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I'm suffering in this flame.'