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Luke 16:1-31

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16:1 Jesus told this story to his disciples : There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs . One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money . 2 So the employer called him in and said , What’s this I hear about you ? Get your report in order , because you are going to be fired . 3 The manager thought to himself , Now what ? My boss has fired me . I don’t have the strength to dig ditches , and I’m too proud to beg . 4 Ah , I know how to ensure that I’ll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired . 5 So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation . He asked the first one , How much do you owe him ? 6 The man replied , I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil . So the manager told him , Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons .  *  7 And how much do you owe my employer ? he asked the next man . I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat , was the reply . Here , the manager said , take the bill and change it to 800 bushels .  *  8 The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd . And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light . 9 Here’s the lesson : Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends . Then , when your earthly possessions are gone , they will welcome you to an eternal home .  *  10 If you are faithful in little things , you will be faithful in large ones . But if you are dishonest in little things , you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities . 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth , who will trust you with the true riches of heaven ? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things , why should you be trusted with things of your own ? 13 No one can serve two masters . For you will hate one and love the other ; you will be devoted to one and despise the other . You cannot serve both God and money . 14 The Pharisees , who dearly loved their money , heard all this and scoffed at him . 15 Then he said to them , You like to appear righteous in public , but God knows your hearts . What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God . 16 Until John the Baptist , the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides . But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached , and everyone is eager to get in .  *  17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force . It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned . 18 For example , a man who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery . And anyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery . 19 Jesus said , There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury . 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores . 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table , the dogs would come and lick his open sores . 22 Finally , the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham .  *  The rich man also died and was buried , 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead .  *  There , in torment , he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side . 24 The rich man shouted , Father Abraham , have some pity ! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue . I am in anguish in these flames . 25 But Abraham said to him , Son , remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted , and Lazarus had nothing . So now he is here being comforted , and you are in anguish . 26 And besides , there is a great chasm separating us . No one can cross over to you from here , and no one can cross over to us from there . 27 Then the rich man said , Please , Father Abraham , at least send him to my father’s home . 28 For I have five brothers , and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment . 29 But Abraham said , Moses and the prophets have warned them . Your brothers can read what they wrote . 30 The rich man replied , No , Father Abraham ! But if someone is sent to them from the dead , then they will repent of their sins and turn to God . 31 But Abraham said , If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets , they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead . 1   ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητάς · ̓Άνθρωπός τις ἦν πλούσιος ὃς εἶχεν οἰκονόμον , καὶ οὗτος διεβλήθη αὐτῷ ὡς διασκορπίζων τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ . 2   καὶ φωνήσας αὐτὸν εἶπεν αὐτῷ , Τί τοῦτο ἀκούω περὶ σοῦ ; ἀπόδος τὸν λόγον τῆς οἰκονομίας σου , οὐ γὰρ δύνῃ ἔτι οἰκονομεῖν . 3   εἶπεν δὲ ἐν ἑαυτῷ οἰκονόμος , Τί ποιήσω ; ὅτι κύριός μου ἀφαιρεῖται τὴν οἰκονομίαν ἀπ᾽ ἐμοῦ . σκάπτειν οὐκ ἰσχύω , ἐπαιτεῖν αἰσχύνομαι . 4   ἔγνων τί ποιήσω ἵνα ὅταν μετασταθῶ ἐκ τῆς οἰκονομίας δέξωνταί με εἰς τοὺς οἴκους αὐτῶν . 5   καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ἕνα ἕκαστον τῶν χρεοφειλετῶν τοῦ κυρίου ἑαυτοῦ . ἔλεγεν τῷ πρώτῳ , Πόσον ὀφείλεις τῷ κυρίῳ μου ; 6   δὲ εἶπεν , Ἑκατὸν βάτους ἐλαίου . δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ , Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ καθίσας ταχέως γράψον πεντήκοντα . 7   ἔπειτα ἑτέρῳ εἶπεν , Σὺ δὲ πόσον ὀφείλεις ; δὲ εἶπεν , Ἑκατὸν κόρους σίτου . λέγει αὐτῷ , Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ γράψον ὀγδοήκοντα . 8   καὶ ἐπῄνεσεν κύριος τὸν οἰκονόμον τῆς ἀδικίας ὅτι φρονίμως ἐποίησεν · ὅτι οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου φρονιμώτεροι ὑπὲρ τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ φωτὸς εἰς τὴν γενεὰν τὴν ἑαυτῶν εἰσίν . 9   καὶ ἐγὼ ὑμῖν λέγω · ἑαυτοῖς ποιήσατε φίλους ἐκ τοῦ μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας . ἵνα , ὅταν ἐκλίπῃ , δέξωνται ὑμᾶς εἰς τὰς αἰωνίους σκηνάς . 10   πιστὸς ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ , καὶ ἐν πολλῷ πιστός ἐστιν . καὶ ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ ἄδικος , καὶ ἐν πολλῷ ἄδικός ἐστιν . 11   εἰ οὖν ἐν τῷ ἀδίκῳ μαμωνᾷ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε , τὸ ἀληθινὸν τίς ὑμῖν πιστεύσει ; 12   καὶ εἰ ἐν τῷ ἀλλοτρίῳ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε , τὸ ὑμέτερον τίς δώσει ὑμῖν ; 13   οὐδεὶς οἰκέτης δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν . γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει · ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει . οὐ δύνασθε θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ . 14   ἤκουον δὲ ταῦτα πάντα οἱ Φαρισαῖοι , φιλάργυροι ὑπάρχοντες , καὶ ἐξεμυκτήριζον αὐτόν . 15   καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς , Ὑμεῖς ἐστὲ οἱ δικαιοῦντες ἑαυτοὺς ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀνθρώπων , δὲ θεὸς γινώσκει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν · ὅτι τὸ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὑψηλὸν βδέλυγμα ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ . 16   νόμος καὶ οἱ προφῆται , μέχρι Ἰωάνου · ἀπὸ τότε βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ εὐαγγελίζεται , καὶ πᾶς εἰς αὐτὴν βιάζεται . 17   εὐκοπώτερον δέ ἐστιν τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν παρελθεῖν τοῦ νόμου μίαν κεραίαν πεσεῖν . 18   πᾶς ἀπολύων τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ γαμῶν ἑτέραν μοιχεύει . καὶ ἀπολελυμένην ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς γαμῶν μοιχεύει . 19   ἄνθρωπος δέ τις ἦν πλούσιος καὶ ἐνεδιδύσκετο πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον εὐφραινόμενος καθ᾽ ἡμέραν λαμπρῶς . 20   πτωχὸς δέ τις ὀνόματι Λάζαρος ἐβέβλητο πρὸς τὸν πυλῶνα αὐτοῦ εἱλκωμένος . 21   καὶ ἐπιθυμῶν χορτασθῆναι ἀπὸ τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τοῦ πλουσίου , ἀλλὰ καὶ οἱ κύνες ἐρχόμενοι ἐπέλειχον τὰ ἕλκη αὐτοῦ . 22   ἐγένετο δέ , ἀποθανεῖν τὸν πτωχὸν καὶ ἀπενεχθῆναι αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τῶν ἀγγέλων εἰς τὸν κόλπον Ἀβραάμ . ἀπέθανεν δὲ καὶ πλούσιος καὶ ἐτάφη , 23   καὶ ἐν τῷ ᾅδῃ · ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ , ὑπάρχων ἐν βασάνοις , ὁρᾷ Ἀβραὰμ ἀπὸ μακρόθεν καὶ Λάζαρον ἐν τοῖς κόλποις αὐτοῦ . 24   καὶ αὐτὸς φωνήσας εἶπεν , Πάτερ Ἀβραάμ , ἐλέησόν με . καὶ πέμψον Λάζαρον ἵνα βάψῃ τὸ ἄκρον τοῦ δακτύλου αὐτοῦ ὕδατος καὶ καταψύξῃ τὴν γλῶσσάν μου · ὅτι ὀδυνῶμαι ἐν τῇ φλογὶ ταύτῃ . 25   εἶπεν δὲ Ἀβραάμ , Τέκνον , μνήσθητι ὅτι ἀπέλαβες τὰ ἀγαθά σου ἐν τῇ ζωῇ σου , καὶ Λάζαρος ὁμοίως τὰ κακά · νῦν δὲ ὧδε παρακαλεῖται , σὺ δὲ ὀδυνᾶσαι . 26   καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις , μεταξὺ ἡμῶν καὶ ὑμῶν χάσμα μέγα ἐστήρικται · ὅπως οἱ θέλοντες διαβῆναι ἔνθεν πρὸς ὑμᾶς μὴ δύνωνται , μηδὲ ἐκεῖθεν πρὸς ἡμᾶς διαπερῶσιν . 27   εἶπεν δέ , Ἐρωτῶ σε οὖν , πάτερ , ἵνα πέμψῃς αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός μου . 28   ἔχω γὰρ πέντε ἀδελφούς , ὅπως διαμαρτύρηται αὐτοῖς ἵνα μὴ καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλθωσιν εἰς τὸν τόπον τοῦτον τῆς βασάνου . 29   λέγει δὲ Ἀβραάμ , ̓Έχουσι Μωυσέα καὶ τοὺς προφήτας · ἀκουσάτωσαν αὐτῶν . 30   δὲ εἶπεν , Οὐχί , πάτερ Ἀβραάμ · ἀλλ᾽ ἐάν τις ἀπὸ νεκρῶν πορευθῇ πρὸς αὐτούς , μετανοήσουσιν . 31   εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ , Εἰ Μωυσέως καὶ τῶν προφητῶν οὐκ ἀκούουσιν , οὐδ᾽ ἐάν τις ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῇ πεισθήσονται .