Faithful in Mammon – Luke 16:1-13
Jesus (to his disciples): There was a certain rich man, who had a steward. The steward was accused to him of he wasting his goods.
The rich man called the steward to him.
The rich man: How is it that I hear this of you? Give an account of your stewardship; for you may no longer be steward.
The steward (within himself): What shall I do? for my lord takes away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
So the steward called every one of his lord’s debtors to him.
Steward (to the first debtor): How much do you owe to my lord?
Debtor: A hundred measures of oil.
Steward: Take your bill and sit down quickly and write fifty.
Steward (to another debtor): How much do you owe?
Debtor: A hundred measures of wheat.
Steward: Take your bill and write eighty.
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Make friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust in much also. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
The Covetous Pharisees – Luke 16:14-17
The Pharisees, who were covetous, heard all these things, and they derided him.
Jesus: You are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts. That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to pass than for one tittle of the law to fail.
The Rich Man and the Beggar – Luke 16:19-31
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate. He was full of sores and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
It came to pass, that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man also died and was buried. In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Rich man: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.
Abraham: Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things. Likewise Lazarus received evil things. Now he is comforted, and you are tormented. Besides all this, there is a great gulf fixed between us and you: so that they who would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there.
Rich man: I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house: that he may testify to my five brothers, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Rich man: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.
Abraham: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.