Speaking to the talmidim, Yeshua said: "There was a wealthy man who employed a general manager. Charges were brought to him that his manager was squandering his resources.
So he summoned him and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Turn in your accounts, for you can no longer be manager.'
"`What am I to do?' said the manager to himself. `My boss is firing me, I'm not strong enough to dig ditches, and I'm ashamed to go begging.
Aha! I know what I'll do -- something that will make people welcome me into their homes after I've lost my job here!'
"So, after making appointments with each of his employer's debtors, he said to the first, `How much do you owe my boss?'
`Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. `Take your note back,' he told him. `Now, quickly! Sit down and write one for four hundred!'
To the next he said, `And you, how much do you owe?' `A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. `Take your note back and write one for eight hundred.'