Bible: Luke 16:17-31

16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 1  in the law to become void. 2 

16:18Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 3  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 4  and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 5  every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 6  a poor man named Lazarus 7  whose body was covered with sores, 8  16:21 who longed to eat 9  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 10  came and licked 11  his sores.

16:22Now 12  the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 13  The 14  rich man also died and was buried. 15  16:23 And in hell, 16  as he was in torment, 17  he looked up 18  and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 19  16:24 So 20  he called out, 21 Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 22  to dip the tip of his finger 23  in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 24  in this fire.’ 25  16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 26  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. 27  16:26 Besides all this, 28  a great chasm 29  has been fixed between us, 30  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 31  the rich man 32  said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 33  to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 34  them so that they don’t come 35  into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 36 They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 37  them.’ 16:30 Then 38  the rich man 39  said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 40  goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 41  replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 42  Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 43 

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