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Luke 16:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.1 18 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.2

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.3 20 At his gate was laid a beggar4 named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.5 Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell,a where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham,6 have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'7 25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things,8 but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.9 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
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