9I tell you, use worldly wealth1 to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.210"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,3 and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,4 who will trust you with true riches?12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?13"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."514
The Pharisees, who loved money,6 heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.715
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves8 in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.9 What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
16"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.10 Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached,11 and everyone is forcing his way into it.17It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.1218"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.13
19"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.1420At his gate was laid a beggar15 named Lazarus, covered with sores21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.16 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.23In hell,a where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.24So he called to him, 'Father Abraham,17 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.'1825"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things,19 but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.2026And 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,28for I have five brothers. Let him warn them,21 so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'29"Abraham replied, 'They have Moses22 and the Prophets;23 let them listen to them.'30" 'No, father Abraham,'24 he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'31"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "