Lucas 16

1 Now Jesus was saying to the disciples,“A rich man had a manager who was accused of wasting his assets.

2 So he called for him and asked him, ‘What's this I hear about you? Give me a report about your management, because you can't be my manager any longer.’

3 “Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do? My master is taking my position away from me. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg. 4I know what I'll do so that peoplewill welcome me into their homes when I'm dismissed from my job.’

5 “So he called for each of his master's debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 The man replied, ‘A hundred jars of olive oil.’ The manager told him, ‘Get your bill. Sit down quickly and write “fifty.”’

7 Then he asked another debtor,‘How much do you owe?’ The man replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ The managertold him, ‘Get your bill and write “eighty.”’

8 The master praised the dishonest manager for being so clever. For worldly peopleare more clever than enlightened peoplein dealing with their own generation.

9 “I'm telling you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous riches,so that when they're gone you'll be welcomedinto eternal homes.

10 Whoever is faithful with very little is also faithful with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with very little is also dishonest with a lot.

11 So if you have not been faithful with unrighteous riches,who will trust you with true wealth?

12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to foreigners, who will give you what is your own?

13 “No servant can serve two masters. For either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!”

14 Now the Pharisees, who love money, had been listening to all this and began to ridicule Jesus.

15 So he said to them,“You try to justify yourselves in front of people, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly valued by people is detestable to God.

16 “The law and the Prophets were prophesyinguntil the time ofJohn. Since then, the good news about the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is trying to enter it by force.

17 However, it is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped.

18 Any man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”

19 “Once there was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and live in great luxury every day.

20 A beggar named Lazarus, who was covered with sores, was brought to his gate.

21 He was always craving to satisfy his hunger with what fellfrom the rich man's table. In fact, even the dogs used to come and lick his sores.

22 “One day the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.

23 In Hades,where he was in constant torture, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus by his side.

24 So he shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and to cool off my tongue, because I am suffering in this fire.’

25 But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember that during your lifetime you received blessings,while Lazarus received hardships.But now he is being comforted here, while you suffer.

26 Besides all this, a wide chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross from this side to you can't do so, nor can they cross from your side to us.’

27 “The rich mansaid, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house—

28 for I have five brothers—to warn them, so that they won't end up in this place of torture, too.’

29 Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. They should listen to them!’

30 But the rich manreplied, ‘No, father Abraham! Yet if someone from the dead went to them, they would repent.’

31 Then Abrahamsaid to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded, even if someone rises from the dead.’”