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Luke 16

The parable of the unjust steward.

Luke 16:1 He sayde also vnto his disciples: There was a certayne riche man, which had a stewarde, that was accused vnto him, that he had waisted his goodes. Luke 16:2 And he called him, and sayde vnto him: How is it, that I heare this of the? geue acomptes of yi stewardshipe, for thou mayest be no longer stewarde. Luke 16:3 The stewarde sayde within himself: What shal I do? My lorde wil take awaye the stewardshipe fro me. I ca not dygge, and to begg I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I wote what I wil do, that wha I am put out of the stewardshipe, they maye receaue me in to their houses. Luke 16:5 And he called vnto hi all his lordes detters, and sayde vnto the first: How moch owest thou vnto my lorde? Luke 16:6 He sayde: an hundreth tonnes of oyle. And he sayde: Take yi byll, syt downe quyckly, & wryte fiftie. Luke 16:7 Then sayde he vnto another: How moch owest thou? He sayde: an hundreth quarters of wheate. And he sayde vnto him: Take thy byll, and wryte foure score. Luke 16:8 And the lorde comended the vnrighteous stewarde, because he had done wysely. For the children of this worlde are in their kynde wyser, the the children of light. Luke 16:9 And I saye vnto you: Make you frendes with the vnrighteous Mammon, yt whan ye shal haue nede, they maye receaue you in to euerlastinge Tabernacles. Luke 16:10 He that is faithfull in the least, is faithfull also in moch: and he that is vnrighteous in the least, is vnrighteous also in moch. Luke 16:11 Yf ye then haue not bene faithfull in the vnrighteous Mammon, who wyll beleue you in that which is true? Luke 16:12 And yf ye haue not bene faithfull in anothers mans busynesse, who wil geue you that which is youre awne?

Luke 16:13 No seruaunt can serue two masters: for either he shal hate the one, and loue ye other: or els he shal leane to the one, and despyse the other. Ye can not serue God and Mammon.

Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.

Luke 16:14 All these thinges herde the Pharises, which were couetous, and they mocked hi. Luke 16:15 And he sayde vnto them: Ye are they that iustifie yor selues before men, but God knoweth youre hertes. For yt which is hye amonge men, is an abhominacion before God. Luke 16:16 The lawe and ye prophetes prophecied vnto Ihon, and from that tyme forth is ye kyngdome of God preached thorow ye Gospell, and euery man preasseth in to it by violence. Luke 16:17 But easier is it, for heauen and earth to perishe, then one tittle of ye lawe to fall. Luke 16:18 Who so euer putteth awaye his wife, & marieth another, breaketh matrimonye: and he that marieth her which is deuorced fro hir hussbande, breaketh wedlocke also.

The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.

Luke 16:19 There was a certayne riche man, which clothed him self with purple and costly lynnen, and fared deliciously euery daye. Luke 16:20 And there was a poore man named Lazarus which laye at his gate full of sores, Luke 16:21 and desyred to be fylled with the crommes, that fell from the riche mans table. Yet came the dogges, and licked his sores. Luke 16:22 But it fortuned, that the poore man dyed, and was caried of the angels in to Abrahams bosome. The riche man dyed also, and was buried. Luke 16:23 Now whan he was in the hell, he lift vp his eyes in the payne, and sawe Abraham afarre of, and Lazarus in his bosome: Luke 16:24 and he cried, and sayde: Father Abraham, haue mercy vpon me, and sende Lazarus, that he maye dyppe the typpe of his fynger in water, & coole my tonge, for I am tormeted in this flame. Luke 16:25 But Abraha saide: Remebre sonne, yt thou hast receaued good in yi life, & contrary wyse Lazarus receaued euell. But now is he comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:26 And beside all this, there is a greate space set betwene vs and you: so yt they which wolde go downe from hence vnto you, cannot: nether maye they passe ouer from thence vnto vs. Luke 16:27 Then sayde he: I pray the then father, that thou wilt sende him vnto my fathers house, Luke 16:28 for I haue yet fyue brethren, that he maye warne them, lest they also come in to this place of torment. Luke 16:29 Abraham sayde vnto him: They haue Moses and the prophetes, let them heare them. Luke 16:30 But he sayde: Nay father Abraham, but yf one wente vnto them fro the deed, they wolde do pennaunce. Luke 16:31 Neuertheles he sayde vnto him: Yf they heare not Moses & the prophetes, then shal they not beleue also, though one rose agayne fro the deed.

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