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1 He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be 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 Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 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 have 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 So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' 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.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, 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 he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' 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 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of 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 to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 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 who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust 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 Therefore if you 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 you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what 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 be loyal to the one and despise the other. You 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 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed 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. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing 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 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. 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 Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. 18 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
19 "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came 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 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. 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 being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw 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 Then 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 tormented 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 in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 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, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass 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 Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would 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 brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to 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 Abraham said to him, '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, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes 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 But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though 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.' "