THE GOSPEL ACCORDING to
Luke 16 ©
1 By the similitude of the prudence of an unjust steward, Christ teaches that we must make friends of the unrighteous mammon. 13 And that we must not serve mammon. 14 Reproves the covetous Pharisees of their hypocrisy and pride. 16 Teaches that the law and the prophets continued until John, and must be fulfilled to the smallest tittle. 18 Treats of divorce. 19 Propounds the similitude of the rich man and poor Lazarus, and the different state of both, as well in this life as hereafter.
AND he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a 1steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had 2wasted his goods.
And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy 3stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, 4they may receive me into their houses.
So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
And he said, An hundred 5measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred 6measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
And the 7lord 8commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the 9children of this world are in their generation wiser than thea children of light.
And I say unto you, Makeb to yourselves 10friends of the 11mammon of unrighteousness; that, when 12ye fail, they may 13receive you into everlasting habitations.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in 14much: and he that is unjust in 15the least is unjust also in much.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the 16unrighteous mammon,c who will commit to your trust 17the true riches?
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is 18another man’s, who shall give you that which is 19your own?
¶Nod servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will 20hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.e
And the Pharisees also, whof were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but Godg knoweth your hearts: forh that 21which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Thei law and the prophets were until John: since that time the 22kingdom of God is 23preached, and every man 24presseth into it.
Andj it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one 25tittlek of the law to 26fail.
Whosoeverl27putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
¶There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in 28purple and 29fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his 30gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s 31bosom: the rich man also died, and was 32buried;
And in hell he lift up 33his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; form I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son,n remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great 34gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, Theyo have 35Moses and the prophets; let them 36hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be 37persuaded, though one rose from the dead.