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
16:10 “The 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.
16:16 “The 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
16:18 “Everyone 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
16:19 “There 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.
16:22 “Now 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.
17:7 “Would 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