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1 And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods. 1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward. 2 So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
3 And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed. 3 "The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg--
4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 4 I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
5 And calling to him each one of his lord's debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bond, and sit down quickly and write fifty. 6 " 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'
7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He saith unto him, Take thy bond, and write fourscore. 7 "Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' " 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'
8 And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light. 8 "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much. 10 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 12 And 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: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 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."
14 And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him. 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 15 He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: from that time the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and every man entereth violently into it. 16 "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fall. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
18 Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth one that is put away from a husband committeth adultery. 18 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
19 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: 19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 and desiring to be fed with the [crumbs] that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs come and licked his sores. 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. 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 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. 24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, 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.'
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted and thou art in anguish. 25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us. 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 And he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
28 for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29 But Abraham saith, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent. 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead. 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.' "