The parable of the unjust steward.
Luke 16:1 And he sayde also vnto his disciples, There was a certaine riche man, which had a stewarde, and he was accused vnto him, that he wasted his goods. Luke 16:2 And hee called him, and saide vnto him, Howe is it that I heare this of thee? Giue an accounts of thy stewardship: for thou maiest be no longer steward. Luke 16:3 Then the stewarde saide within himselfe, What shall I doe? for my master taketh away from me the stewardship. I cannot digge, and to begge I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I knowe what I will doe, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receiue mee into their houses. Luke 16:5 Then called he vnto him euery one of his masters detters, & said vnto the first, Howe much owest thou vnto my master? Luke 16:6 And he said, An hudreth measures of oyle; he saide to him, Take thy writing, and sitte downe quickely, and write fiftie. Luke 16:7 Then said he to another, How much owest thou? And hee sayde, An hundreth measures of wheate. Then he saide to him, Take thy writing, and write foure score. Luke 16:8 And the Lorde commended the vniust stewarde, because he had done wisely. Wherefore the children of this worlde are in their generation wiser then the children of light. Luke 16:9 And I say vnto you, Make you friends with the riches of iniquitie, that when ye shal want, they may receiue you into euerlasting habitations. Luke 16:10 He that is faithfull in the least, hee is also faithful in much: and he that is vniust in the least, is vniust also in much. Luke 16:11 If then ye haue not ben faithful in the wicked riches, who wil trust you in the true treasure? Luke 16:12 And if ye haue not bene faithfull in another mans goods, who shall giue you that which is yours?
Luke 16:13 No seruaunt can serue two masters: for either he shal hate the one, and loue the other: or els he shal leane to the one, and despise the other. Yee can not serue God and riches.
Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.
Luke 16:14 All these thinges heard the Pharises also which were couetous, and they scoffed at him. Luke 16:15 Then he sayde vnto them, Yee are they, which iustifie your selues before men: but God knoweth your heartes: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:16 The Lawe and the Prophets endured vntill Iohn: and since that time the kingdome of God is preached, and euery man preasseth into it. Luke 16:17 Nowe it is more easie that heauen and earth shoulde passe away, then that one title of the Lawe should fall. Luke 16:18 Whosoeuer putteth away his wife, and marieth another, committeth adulterie: and whosoeuer marieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adulterie.
The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
Luke 16:19 There was a certaine riche man, which was clothed in purple and fine linnen, and fared well and delicately euery day. Luke 16:20 Also there was a certaine begger named Lazarus, which was laide at his gate full of sores, Luke 16:21 And desired to bee refreshed with the crommes that fell from the riche mans table: yea, and the dogges came and licked his sores. Luke 16:22 And it was so 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 being in hell in torments, he lift vp his eyes, and sawe Abraham a farre off, and Lazarus in his bosome. Luke 16:24 Then he cried, and saide, Father Abraham, haue mercie on mee, and sende Lazarus that hee may dippe the tip of his finger in water, & 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 pleasures, and likewise Lazarus paines: now therefore is he comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:26 Besides all this, betweene you & vs there is a great gulfe set, so that they which would goe from hence to you, can not: neither ca they come from thence to vs. Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therfore, father, that thou wouldest sende him to my fathers house, Luke 16:28 (For I haue fiue brethren) that he may testifie vnto them, least they also come into this place of torment. Luke 16:29 Abraham said vnto him, They haue Moses and the Prophets: let them heare them. Luke 16:30 And he sayde, Nay, father Abraham: but if one came vnto them from the dead, they will amend their liues. Luke 16:31 Then he saide vnto him, If they heare not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rise from the dead againe.