13"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."14
The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, naturally scoffed at all this.
Then he said to them, "You like to look good in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God.16"Until John the Baptist began to preach, the laws of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and eager multitudes are forcing their way in. 17But that doesn't mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point. It is stronger and more permanent than heaven and earth.18"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."19
Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed and who lived each day in luxury. 20At his door lay a diseased beggar named Lazarus. 21As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. 22Finally, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. a The rich man also died and was buried, 23and his soul went to the place of the dead. b There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)