Bible: Luke 16:9-31; 23:43
16:10 “The one who is faithful in a very little 4 is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 5 in handling worldly wealth, 6 who will entrust you with the true riches? 7 16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 8 with someone else’s property, 9 who will give you your own 10 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 11 the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 12 the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 13
More Warnings about the Pharisees
16:14 The Pharisees 14 (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 15 him. 16:15 But 16 Jesus 17 said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 18 but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 19 among men is utterly detestable 20 in God’s sight.
16:16 “The law and the prophets were in force 21 until John; 22 since then, 23 the good news of the kingdom of God 24 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 25 16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 26 in the law to become void. 27
16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 28 someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
16:19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple 29 and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 30 every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 31 a poor man named Lazarus 32 whose body was covered with sores, 33 16:21 who longed to eat 34 what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 35 came and licked 36 his sores.
16:22 “Now 37 the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 38 The 39 rich man also died and was buried. 40 16:23 And in hell, 41 as he was in torment, 42 he looked up 43 and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 44 16:24 So 45 he called out, 46 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 47 to dip the tip of his finger 48 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 49 in this fire.’ 50 16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 51 remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 52 16:26 Besides all this, 53 a great chasm 54 has been fixed between us, 55 so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So 56 the rich man 57 said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 58 to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 59 them so that they don’t come 60 into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 61 ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 62 them.’ 16:30 Then 63 the rich man 64 said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 65 goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 66 replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 67 Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” 68
The Death of Sarah
23:1 Sarah lived 127 years. 1