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. Chapter 16.

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

1 He said to his disciples, 'There was a rich man who had a steward, and he received complaints that this man was squandering the property. 2 So he sent for him, and said, "What is this that I hear? Produce your accounts, for you cannot be manager here any longer." 3 The steward said to himself, "What am I to do now that my employer is dismissing me? I am not strong enough to dig, and too proud to beg. 4 I know what I must do, to make sure that, when I have to leave, there will be people to give me house and home." 5 He summoned his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, "How much do you owe my master?" 6 He replied, "A thousand gallons of olive oil." He said, "Here is your account. Sit down and make it five hundred; and be quick about it." 7 Then he said to another, "And you, how much do you owe?" He said, "A thousand bushels of wheat", and was told, "Take your account and make it eight hundred," 8 And the master applauded the dishonest steward for acting so astutely. For the worldly are more astute than the other-worldly in dealing with their own kind.

9 'So I say to you, use your worldly wealth to win friends for yourselves, so that when money is a thing of the past you may be received into an eternal home.

10 'The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted also in great; and the man who is dishonest in little things is dishonest also in great things. 11 If, then, you have not proved trustworthy with the wealth of this world, who will trust you with the wealth that is real? 12 And if you have proved untrustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?

13 'No servant can be the slave of two masters; for either he will hate the first and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and think nothing of the second. You cannot serve God and Money.'

The Law and the Kingdom of God (Peraea) - [ Lk.16.14-18 → ] - Mt.11.12-13

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and scoffed at him. 15 He said to them, 'You are the people is who impress your fellow-men with your righteousness; but God sees through you; for what sets itself up to be admired by men is detestable in the sight of God.

16 'Until John, it was the Law and the prophets: since then, there is the good news of the kingdom of God, and everyone forces his way in.

17 'It is easier for heaven and earth to come to an end than for one dot or stroke of the Law to lose its force.

18 'A man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and anyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Peraea)

19 'There was once a rich man, who dressed in purple and the finest linen, and feasted in great magnificence every day. 20 At his gate, covered with sores, lay a poor man named Lazarus, 21 who would have been glad to satisfy his hunger with the scraps from the rich man's table. Even the dogs used to come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up; and there, far away, was Abraham with Lazarus close beside him. 24 "Abraham, my father," he called out, "take pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue, for I am in agony in this fire." 25 But Abraham said, "Remember, my child, that all the good things fell to you while you were alive, and all the bad to Lazarus; now he has his consolation here and it is you who are in agony. 26 But that is not all: there is a great chasm fixed between us; no one from our side who wants to reach you can cross it, and none may pass from your side to us." 27 "Then, father," he replied, "will you send him to my father's house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them, so that they too may not come to this place of torment?" 29 But Abraham said, "They have Moses and the prophets; 30 let them listen to them." "No, father Abraham," he replied, "but if someone from the dead visits them, they will repent." 31 Abraham answered, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets they will pay no heed even if someone should rise from the dead."'

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