The parable of the unjust steward.
Luke 16:1 And he sayde also vnto his disciples. There was a certayne riche man, which had a stewarde, and the same was accused vnto hym that he had wasted his goodes. Luke 16:2 And he called hym, and sayde vnto hym: Howe is it, that I heare this of thee? Geue accomptes of thy stewardeshyppe, for thou mayest be no longer stewarde. Luke 16:3 The stewarde sayde within hymselfe: What shall I do, for my maister taketh away from me the stewardshyppe? I can not digge, & to begge I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I wote what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardshippe, they may receaue me into their houses. Luke 16:5 So, whe he had called all his maisters detters together, he sayde vnto the first: Howe muche owest thou vnto my maister? Luke 16:6 And he sayde, an hundreth measures of oyle. And he sayde vnto hym: Take thy byll, and syt downe quickely, and write fiftie. Luke 16:7 Then sayde he to another: Howe much owest thou? And he sayde, an hundreth measures of wheate. He sayde vnto hym: Take thy byll, and write fourescore. Luke 16:8 And the Lord commended the vniuste stewarde, because he had done wisely. For the chyldren of this worlde are in their nation, wiser then the chyldren of lyght. Luke 16:9 And I saye vnto you, make you friends of the vnrighteous Mammo, that when ye shall haue neede, they may receaue you into euerlastyng habitations. Luke 16:10 He that is faythfull in that which is least, is faythfull also in much. And he that is vnrighteous in the least, is vnrighteous also in much. Luke 16:11 So then, yf ye haue not ben faythfull in the vnryghteous Mammon, who shall trust you in the true treasure? Luke 16:12 And yf ye haue not ben faythfull in another mans businesse, who shall geue you that which is your owne?
Luke 16:13 No man can serue two maisters: For either he shall hate the one, and loue the other: or els, he shall leane to the one, and despise the other. Ye can not serue God, and Mammon.
Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.
Luke 16:14 All these thynges heard the pharisees also, which were couetous, and they mocked hym. Luke 16:15 And he sayde vnto them, Ye are they which iustifie your selues before men: but God knoweth your heartes. For that which is hyghly esteemed among men, is abhominable in the syght of God. Luke 16:16 The lawe & the prophetes [raigned] vntyll Iohn, and sence that tyme, the kyngdome of God is preached, & euery man stryueth to go in. Luke 16:17 Easyer is it for heauen and earth to perishe, the one title of the lawe to faile. Luke 16:18 Whosoeuer forsaketh his wyfe, and marieth another, committeth adulterie. And he that maryeth her that is deuorced from her husbande, committeth adulterie [also.]
The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
Luke 16:19 Ther was a certaine riche man, whiche was clothed in purple & fine whyte, and fared very deliciously euery day. Luke 16:20 And there was a certayne begger, named Lazarus, which was layde at his gate full of sores: Luke 16:21 And desiring to be refresshed with the crumbes which fell from ye riche mans boorde [And no man gaue vnto hym]: but the dogges came and licked his sores. Luke 16:22 And it came to passe, that the begger dyed, and was caryed by the Angels into Abrahams bosome. The riche man also dyed, and was buryed. Luke 16:23 And beyng in hell in tormentes, he lyft vp his eyes, and sawe Abraham a farre of, and Lazarus in his bosome, Luke 16:24 And he cryed and sayde: father Abraham, haue mercie on me, and sende Lazarus that he may dippe the tippe of his fynger in water, and coole my tongue: for I am tormented in this flambe. Luke 16:25 But Abraham sayde: Sonne, remember that thou in thy lyfe tyme, receauedst thy pleasure, and lykewyse Lazarus paynes: But nowe is he comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:26 Beyonde all this, betweene vs & you there is a great gulfe set, so that they which woulde go from hence to you, can not, neither may come from thence to vs. Luke 16:27 Then he sayde: I pray thee therfore father, sende hym to my fathers house. Luke 16:28 For I haue fyue brethren, that he may witnesse vnto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Luke 16:29 Abraham sayde vnto hym: they haue Moyses and the prophetes, let them heare them. Luke 16:30 And he sayde, nay father Abraham: but yf one come vnto them from the dead, they wyll repent. Luke 16:31 He sayde vnto hym: If they heare not Moyses & the prophetes, neither wyll they beleue, though one rose from death agayne.