Bible: Luke 16:1-13

The Parable of the Clever Steward

16:1 Jesus 1  also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 2  that his manager 3  was wasting 4  his assets. 16:2 So 5  he called the manager 6  in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 7  Turn in the account of your administration, 8  because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 9  the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 10  away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 11  and I’m too ashamed 12  to beg. 16:4 I know 13  what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 14  16:5 So 15  he contacted 16  his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 17  replied, ‘A hundred measures 18  of olive oil.’ The manager 19  said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 20  16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 21  replied, ‘A hundred measures 22  of wheat.’ The manager 23  said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 24  16:8 The 25  master commended the dishonest 26  manager because he acted shrewdly. 27  For the people 28  of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 29  than the people 30  of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 31  so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 32  into the eternal homes. 33 

16:10The one who is faithful in a very little 34  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 35  in handling worldly wealth, 36  who will entrust you with the true riches? 37  16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 38  with someone else’s property, 39  who will give you your own 40 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 41  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 42  the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 43 

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