Bible: Luke 16:1-17:10

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 

More Warnings about the Pharisees

16:14 The Pharisees 44  (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 45  him. 16:15 But 46  Jesus 47  said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 48  but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 49  among men is utterly detestable 50  in God’s sight.

16:16The law and the prophets were in force 51  until John; 52  since then, 53  the good news of the kingdom of God 54  has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 55  16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 56  in the law to become void. 57 

16:18Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 58  someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

16:19There was a rich man who dressed in purple 59  and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 60  every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 61  a poor man named Lazarus 62  whose body was covered with sores, 63  16:21 who longed to eat 64  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 65  came and licked 66  his sores.

16:22Now 67  the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 68  The 69  rich man also died and was buried. 70  16:23 And in hell, 71  as he was in torment, 72  he looked up 73  and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 74  16:24 So 75  he called out, 76 Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 77  to dip the tip of his finger 78  in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 79  in this fire.’ 80  16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 81  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. 82  16:26 Besides all this, 83  a great chasm 84  has been fixed between us, 85  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 86  the rich man 87  said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 88  to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 89  them so that they don’t come 90  into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 91 They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 92  them.’ 16:30 Then 93  the rich man 94  said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 95  goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 96  replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 97  Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 98 

Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

17:1 Jesus 99  said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 100  to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 101  tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 102  than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 103  17:3 Watch 104  yourselves! If 105  your brother 106  sins, rebuke him. If 107  he repents, forgive him. 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 108  him.”

17:5 The 109  apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith! 110  17:6 So 111  the Lord replied, 112 If 113  you had faith the size of 114  a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 115  tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 116  and it would obey 117  you.

17:7Would any one of you say 118  to your slave 119  who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal? 120  17:8 Won’t 121  the master 122  instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 123  to serve me while 124  I eat and drink. Then 125  you may eat and drink? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 126  will he? 127  17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 128  we have only done what was our duty.’ 129 

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