The parable of the unjust steward.
Luke 16:1 And hee said also vnto his disciples, There was a certaine rich man which had a Steward, and the same was accused vnto him that he had wasted his goods. Luke 16:2 And hee called him, and said vnto him, How is it that I heare this of thee? Giue an accompt of thy stewardship: for thou mayest bee no longer Steward. Luke 16:3 Then the Steward said within himselfe, What shall I doe, for my lord taketh away from mee the Stewardship? I cannot digge, to begge I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I am resolued what to doe, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receiue me into their houses. Luke 16:5 So hee called euery one of his lords detters vnto him, and said vnto the first, How much owest thou vnto my lord? Luke 16:6 And hee said, An hundred measures of oyle. And hee saide vnto him, Take thy bill, and sit downe quickly, and write fiftie. Luke 16:7 Then said hee to another, And how much owest thou? And hee said, An hundred measures of wheat. And hee saide vnto him, Take thy bill and write fourescore. Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the vniust Steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser then the children of light. Luke 16:9 And I say vnto you, Make to your selues friends of the Mammon of vnrighteousnesse, that when ye faile, they may receiue you into euerlasting habitations. Luke 16:10 Hee that is faithfull in that which is least, is faithfull also in much: and he that is vniust in the least, is vniust also in much. Luke 16:11 If therefore yee haue not bene faithfull in the vnrighteous Mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? Luke 16:12 And if ye haue not bene faithful in that which is another mans, who shall giue you that which is your owne?
Luke 16:13 No seruant can serue two masters, for either he will hate the one, and loue the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other: yee cannot serue God and Mammon.
Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.
Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also who were couetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. Luke 16:15 And he said vnto them, Ye are they which iustifie your selues before men, but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:16 The law and the Prophets [were] vntill Iohn: since that time the kingdome of God is preached, and euery man preasseth into it. Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heauen and earth to passe, then one title of the law to faile. Luke 16:18 Whosoeuer putteth away his wife, & marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoeuer marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.
The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
Luke 16:19 There was a certaine rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linnen, and fared sumptuously euery day. Luke 16:20 And there was a certaine begger named Lazarus, which was layde at his gate full of sores, Luke 16:21 And desiring to bee fed with the crummes which fel from the rich mans table: moreouer the dogges came and licked his sores. Luke 16:22 And it came to passe that the begger died, and was caried by the Angels into Abrahams bosome: the rich man also died, and was buried. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift vp his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afarre off, and Lazarus in his bosome: Luke 16:24 And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, haue mercy on mee, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and coole my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:25 But Abraham saide, Sonne, remember that thou in thy life-time receiuedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus euill things, but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:26 And besides all this, betweene vs and you there is a great gulfe fixed, so that they which would passe from hence to you, cannot, neither can they passe to vs, that would come from thence. Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore father, that thou wouldest send him to my fathers house: Luke 16:28 For I haue fiue brethren, that he may testifie vnto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Luke 16:29 Abraham saith vnto him, They haue Moses and the Prophets, let them heare them. Luke 16:30 And hee said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went vnto them from the dead, they will repent. Luke 16:31 And hee said vnto him, If they heare not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be perswaded, though one rose from the dead.