Bible: Luke 16:9-31

16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 1  so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 2  into the eternal homes. 3 

16:10The 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.

16:16The 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 

16:18Everyone 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

16:19There 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.

16:22Now 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 

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