The parable of the unjust steward.
Luke 16:1 And he sayde also vnto his disciples. Ther was a certayn ryche man, whichhad a stewarde, and the same was accused vnto hym, that he had wasted hys goodes. Luke 16:2 And he called him, and sayde vnto him: How is it, that I heare thys of the? Geue acomptes of thy stewardshype: For thou mayste be no longer steward. Luke 16:3 The stewarde sayde with in him selfe: what shall I do? for my Master taketh awaye from me the stewardeshypp. I cannot dygge, and to begge I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I wote what to do, þt when I am put out of the stewardship, they maye receaue me into their houses. Luke 16:5 So whan he had called all hys masters detters together, he sayde vnto the fyrst: how moch owest thou vnto my master? Luke 16:6 And he sayd: an hundred tonnes of oyle. And he sayde vnto him: take thy byll, & syt doune quyckly and wryte fyftye. Luke 16:7 Then sayd he to another: how moch owest thou? And he sayde: an hondred quarters of wheate. He sayde vnto him. Take thy byll, and wryte foure scoore. Luke 16:8 And the Lorde commended the vniust stewarde, because he had done wysly. For the chyldren of this worlde are in theyr nacion, wyser then the chyldren of lyght. Luke 16:9 And I saye vnto you: make you frendes of the vnryghteous mammon, that when ye shall haue nede they may receaue you into euerlastyng habitacyons. Luke 16:10 He that is faythfull in that which is least, is faythfull also in moch. And he that is vnryghteous in the least: is vnryghteous also in moch. Luke 16:11 So then, yf ye haue not ben faythfull in the vnryghteous mammon, who wyll beleue you in that which is true? Luke 16:12 And yf ye haue not bene faythfull in another mannes busynes, who shal geue you þt which is your awne?
Luke 16:13 No seruaunt can serue two masters: for ether he shall hate the one, and loue the other: or els he shall leane to þe one, & despyse the other. Ye cannot serue God & mammon.
Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.
Luke 16:14 All these thynges herde the Pharyses also, which were couetous, and they mocked him. Luke 16:15 And he sayd vnto them: Ye are they which iustifye youre selues before men: but God knoweth youre hertes. For that which is hyghlye estemed amonge men, is abhominable in the syght of God. Luke 16:16 The lawe and the Prophetes raygned vntyll Iohn: and sence that tyme, the kyngdome of God is preached, and euery man stryueth to go in. Luke 16:17 Easyer is it for heauen and erth to peryshe, then one tytle of the lawe to fayll. Luke 16:18 Whosoeuer forsaketh hys wyfe, and marieth another, committeth aduoutrye. And he which marieth her that is deuorsed from her husbande, committeth aduoutry also.
The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
Luke 16:19 Ther was a certayne ryche man, which was clothed in purple and fyne whyte, and fared deliciously euery dyae: Luke 16:20 And there was a certayne begger named Lazarus, which laye at his gate full of sores, Luke 16:21 desyrynge to be refresshed with the cromes, which fell from the ryche mannes borde. The dogges came also, and lycked his sores, Luke 16:22 And it fortuned, that the begger died, and was caryed by the angelles into Abrahams bosome. The riche man also dyed, and was buryed. Luke 16:23 And beynge in hell in tormentes, he lyfte vp hys eyes and sawe Abraham a farre of and Lazarus in hys bosome, Luke 16:24 and he cryed and sayde: father Abraham: haue mercy on me, and sende Lazarus, that he maye dyppe the typpe of hys fynger in water, and cole my tonge: for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:25 But Abraham sayde: Sonne remember that thou in thy lyfe tyme, receauedst thy pleasure, & contrary wyse, Lazarus receaued payne. But now is he conforted, and thou art punisshed. Luke 16:26 Beyonde all this, betwene vs and you ther is a greate space set, so þt they which wolde go from hence to you, cannot: nether maye come from thence to vs. Luke 16:27 Then he sayd: I praye the therfore father, sende him to my fathers house. Luke 16:28 (For I haue fyue brethren) for to warne them, lest they also come into this place of tourment. Luke 16:29 Abraham sayde vnto him: they haue Moses and the Prophetes, let them heare them. Luke 16:30 And he sayde: naye father Abraham, but yf one come vnto them from the deed, they wyll repent. Luke 16:31 He sayde vnto him: If they heare not Moses and the Prophetes, nether wyll they beleue, though one rose from deeth agayne.