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1 And another time he said to the disciples, There was a certain man of great wealth who had a servant; and it was said to him that this servant 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 sent for him and said, What is this which is said about you? give me an account of all you have done, for you will no longer be the manager of my property. 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 servant said to himself, What am I to do now that my lord takes away my position? I have not enough strength for working in the fields, and I would be shamed if I made requests for money from people in the streets. 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 come to a decision what to do, so that when I am put out of my position they will take 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 sending for every one who was in debt to his lord he said to the first, What is the amount of your debt to 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, Take your account straight away and put down 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, What is the amount of your debt? And he said, A hundred measures of grain. And he said to him, Take your account and put down 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 And his lord was pleased with the false servant, because he had been wise; for the sons of this world are wiser in relation to 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 through the wealth of this life, so that when it comes to an end, you may be taken into the eternal resting-places. 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 true in a little, is true in much; he who is false in small things, is false in great. 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, then, you have not been true in your use of the wealth of this life, who will give into your care the true wealth? 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 true in your care of the property of other people, who will give you that which is yours? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
13 No man may be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other; or he will keep to the one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth. 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 had a great love of money, hearing these things, were making sport of him. 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
15 And he said, You take care to seem right in the eyes of men, but God sees your hearts: and those things which are important in the opinion of men, are evil in the eyes 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 till John: but then came the preaching of the kingdom of God, and everyone makes his way into it by force. 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 heaven and earth will come to an end before the smallest letter of the law may be dropped out. 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 Everyone who puts away his wife and takes another, is a false husband: and he who is married to a woman whose husband has put her away, is no true husband to her. 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 man of great wealth, who was dressed in fair clothing of purple and delicate linen, and was shining and glad 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 poor man, named Lazarus, was stretched out at his door, full of wounds, 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 Desiring the broken bits of food which came from the table of the man of wealth; and even the dogs came and put their tongues on his wounds. 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And in time the poor man came to his end, and angels took him to Abraham's breast. And the man of wealth came to his end, and was put in the earth. 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 hell, being in great pain, lifting up his eyes he saw Abraham, far away, and Lazarus on his breast. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 And he gave a cry and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may put the end of his finger in water and put it on my tongue, for I am cruelly burning 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, Keep in mind, my son, that when you were living, you had your good things, while Lazarus had evil things: but now, he is comforted and you are in pain. 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 in addition, there is a deep division fixed between us and you, so that those who might go from here to you are not able to do so, and no one may come from you 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, Father, it is my request that you will 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; and let him give them an account of these things, so that they may not come to this place of pain. 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, They have Moses and the prophets; let them give ear to what they say. 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 And he said, No, father Abraham, but if someone went to them from the dead, their hearts would be changed. 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 And he said to him, If they will not give attention to Moses and the prophets, they will not be moved even if someone comes back 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.' "