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1 Jesus told this story to his disciples: "A rich man hired a manager to handle his affairs, but soon a rumor went around that the manager was thoroughly dishonest. 1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 So his employer called him in and said, 'What's this I hear about your stealing from me? Get your report in order, because you are going to be dismissed.' 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 "The manager thought to himself, 'Now what? I'm through here, and I don't have the strength to go out and dig ditches, and I'm too proud 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 know just the thing! And then I'll have plenty of friends to take care of me when I leave!' 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 invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe him?' 5 "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
6 The man replied, 'I owe him eight hundred gallons of olive oil.' So the manager told him, 'Tear up that bill and write another one for four hundred gallons. ' 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 "'And how much do you owe my employer?' he asked the next man. 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' was the reply. 'Here,' the manager said, 'take your bill and replace it with one for only eight hundred bushels. ' 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 "The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the citizens of this world are more shrewd than the godly are. 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 I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven. 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 "Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. 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 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
12 And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be trusted with money of 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 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." 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 The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, naturally scoffed at all this. 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
15 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. 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 "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. 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 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. 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 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman 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 Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed and who lived each day in luxury. 19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 At his door lay a diseased beggar named Lazarus. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 Finally, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. 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 his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 "The rich man shouted, 'Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in these flames.' 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 to him, 'Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are 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, there is a great chasm separating us. Anyone who wanted to cross over to you from here is stopped at its edge, and no one there can cross over 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 the rich man said, 'Please, Father Abraham, send him to my father's home. 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
28 For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them about this place of torment so they won't have to come here when they die.' 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 said, 'Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read their writings anytime they want to.' 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 "The rich man replied, 'No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.' 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 "But Abraham said, 'If they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't listen even if someone rises 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.' "