Luke 16:19-31

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 "There was a rich man who was clothed in 1purple and fine linen and 2who feasted sumptuously every day.
20 And at his gate 3was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
21 who desired to be fed with 4what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The poor man died and was carried by 5the angels 6to Abraham's side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried,
23 and in 7Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and 8saw Abraham far off and Lazarus 9at his side.
24 And he called out, 10'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and 11cool my tongue, for 12I am in anguish in this flame.'
25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that 13you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
27 And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house--
28 for I have five brothers[b]--so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
29 But Abraham said, 'They have 14Moses and the Prophets; 15let them hear them.'
30 And he said, 'No, 16father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31 He said to him, 'If they do not hear 17Moses and the Prophets, 18neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

Luke 16:19-31 In-Context

17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
18 "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
19 "There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried,
23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
24 And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.'
25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
27 And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house--
28 for I have five brothers--so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
29 But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
30 And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31 He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

Cross References 18

  • 1. Esther 8:15; Revelation 18:16
  • 2. [James 5:5]
  • 3. [Acts 3:2]
  • 4. [Matthew 15:27]
  • 5. Luke 15:10; Matthew 18:10; Acts 12:15; Hebrews 1:13, 14; See Luke 12:8
  • 6. [John 13:23(Gk.)]
  • 7. See Matthew 11:23
  • 8. Matthew 8:11, 12
  • 9. [See ver. 22 above]
  • 10. ver. 30; John 8:33, 39, 53
  • 11. [Zechariah 14:12]
  • 12. [Isaiah 66:24]; See Matthew 25:41
  • 13. [Luke 6:24; Job 21:13; Psalms 17:14]
  • 14. ver. 31; Luke 24:27; Acts 26:22; Acts 28:23
  • 15. [John 5:45-47]
  • 16. ver. 24
  • 17. [See ver. 29 above]
  • 18. [Matthew 28:11-15; John 12:10, 11]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Greek bosom; also verse 23
  • [b]. Or brothers and sisters
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