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1 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a business manager. The manager was accused of wasting the rich man's property. 1 Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.
2 So the rich man called for his manager and said to him, 'What's this I hear about you? Let me examine your books. It's obvious that you can't manage my property any longer.' 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, 'What should I do? My master is taking my job away from me. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm 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 know what I'll do so that people will welcome me into their homes when I've lost my job.' 4 I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
5 "So the manager called for each one of his master's debtors. He 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 "The debtor replied, 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil.' "The manager told him, 'Take my master's ledger. Quick! Sit down, and write "four hundred!"' 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 asked another debtor, 'How much do you owe?' "The debtor replied, 'A thousand bushels of wheat.' "The manager told him, 'Take the ledger, and write "eight hundred!"' 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 master praised the dishonest manager for being so clever. Worldly people are more clever than spiritually-minded people when it comes to dealing with others." 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 [Jesus continued,] "I'm telling you that although wealth is often used in dishonest ways, you should use it to make friends for yourselves. When life is over, you will be welcomed into an eternal 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 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with a lot. Whoever is dishonest with very little is dishonest with a lot. 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 can't be trusted with wealth that is often used dishonestly, who will trust you with wealth that is real? 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
12 If you can't be trusted with someone else's wealth, who will give you your own? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
13 "A servant cannot serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and 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 The Pharisees, who love money, heard all this and were making sarcastic remarks about him. 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
15 So Jesus said to them, "You try to justify your actions in front of people. But God knows what's in your hearts. What is important to humans is disgusting to 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 "Moses' Teachings and the Prophets were [in force] until the time of John. Since that time, people have been telling the Good News about the kingdom of God, and everyone is trying to force their way 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 It is easier for the earth and the heavens to disappear than to drop a comma from Moses' Teachings. 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 "Any man who divorces his wife to marry another woman is committing adultery. The man who marries a woman divorced in this way is committing 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 rich man who wore expensive clothes. Every day was like a party to him. 19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 There was also a beggar named Lazarus who was regularly brought to the gate of the rich man's house. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 Lazarus would have eaten any scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Lazarus was covered with sores, and dogs would lick them. 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 "One day the beggar died, and the angels carried him 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 He went to hell, where he was constantly tortured. As he looked up, in the distance he saw Abraham and Lazarus. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 He yelled, 'Father Abraham! Have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool off my tongue. I am suffering in this fire.' 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 "Abraham replied, 'Remember, my child, that you had a life filled with good times, while Lazarus' life was filled with misery. Now he has peace here, while you suffer. 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 Besides, a wide area separates us. People couldn't cross it in either direction even if they wanted to.' 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 "The rich man responded, 'Then I ask you, Father, to send Lazarus back to my father's home. 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
28 I have five brothers. He can warn them so that they won't end up in this place of torture.' 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses' [Teachings] and the Prophets. Your brothers should listen to them!' 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 "The rich man replied, 'No, Father Abraham! If someone comes back to them from the dead, they will turn to God and change the way they think and act.' 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 "Abraham answered him, 'If they won't listen to Moses' [Teachings] and the Prophets, they won't be persuaded even if someone comes back to life.'" 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.' "