The parable of the unjust steward.
Luke 16:1 And he sayed also vnto his disciples. There was a certayne ryche man which had a steward that was accused vnto him: that he wasted hys goodes. Luke 16:2 And he called hym, and sayde vnto hym: Howe is it, that I heare thys of the? Geue a comptes of thy stewardshyppe. For thou mayest be no longer stewarde. Luke 16:3 The stewarde sayde within hym selfe, what shall I do? for my mayster wyll take away from me the stewardshyppe. I can not dygge, and to begge, I am ashamed. Luke 16:4 I wote what to do, that when I am put oute of stewardshyppe, they maye receyue me into theyr houses. Luke 16:5 Then called he all hys maysters detters, & sayed vnto the first, how much owest thou vnto my mayster? Luke 16:6 And he sayed: an hundred tonnes of oyle. And he sayed to hym: take thy bil and sit doune quicklye, and wryte fyftye. Luke 16:7 Then sayed he to another: what owest thou? And he sayed: an hundred quarters of wheate. He said to hym: Take thy byll, and write foure scoore. Luke 16:8 And the Lord commended the vniust steward because he had done wyslye. For the chyldren of thys worlde are in theyr kynde, wyser then the chyldren of lyght, Luke 16:9 And I saye also vnto you: make you frendes, of the wycked mammon, that when ye shall depart, they maye receyue you into euerlastynge habitacyons. Luke 16:10 He that is faythfull in that whiche is least, the same is faythfull in muche. And he that is vnfaythfull in the least, is vnfaythfull also in muche. Luke 16:11 So then yf ye haue not ben faythfull in the wycked 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 shall geue you your owne?
Luke 16:13 No seruaunte can serue two maysters, for other he shal hate the one and loue the other, or els he shall 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 thynges hearde the phariseis also which were couetous, and they mocked hym. Luke 16:15 And he sayde vnto them: Ye are they whiche iustifye your selues before men: but God knoweth your hertes. For that which is highly estemed amonge men, is abhominable in þe syght of God. Luke 16:16 The lawe and the Prophetes raygned vntyll the tyme of Iohn: and sence that tyme the kyngdom of God is preached, and euery man stryueth to go in. Luke 16:17 Soner shall heauen & earthe peryshe, then one title of the lawe shal perish. Luke 16:18 Whosoeuer forsaketh his wyfe and maryeth another, breaketh matrimony. And euery man which maryeth her that is deforsed from her husbande comitteth aduoutrye also.
The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.
Luke 16:19 There was a certayne ryche man, whiche was clothed in purple and fyne bysse, & fared delyciously euery daye, Luke 16:20 And there was a certayne begger named Lazarus, whiche laye at hys gate full of sores, Luke 16:21 desierynge to be refresshed with the cromes which fell from þe riche mans bourde. Neuerthelesse the dogges came and lycked hys sores. Luke 16:22 And it fortuned that the begger dyed, and was caryed by the Angels into Abrahams bosome. The ryche 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, & Lazarus in his bosome, Luke 16:24 and he cryed & sayed: father Abraham haue mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he maye dyppe the typpe of his fynger in water, and cole my tonge, for I am tormented in this flamme. Luke 16:25 But Abraham sayd vnto hym. Sonne, remembre that thou in thy lyfe tyme, receyuedest thy pleasure, and contrarywyse Lazarus payne. Nowe therfore is he conforted, and thou arte punyshed. Luke 16:26 Beyonde all thys, betwene you and vs there is a great space set, so that they whiche would go from hence to you can not, neyther maye come from thence to vs. Luke 16:27 Then he sayed: I praye the therfore father, sende hym to my fathers house. Luke 16:28 For I haue fyue brethren, for to warne them lest they also come into thys place of tormente. Luke 16:29 Abraham said vnto hym: they haue Moyses and the Prophetes: let them heare them. Luke 16:30 And he sayd: nay father Abraham, but yf one came vnto them from the dead, they woulde repent. Luke 16:31 He sayed vnto hym: yf they heare not Moyses, and the Prophetes, neyther wyll they beleue, though one rose from death agayne.