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Luke 16

1 And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had
a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had
wasted his goods.

2 And he called him, and said to him: How is it that I hear this of thee?
give an account of thy stewardship: for now thou canst be
steward no longer.

3 And the steward said within himself: What shall I do, because my lord
taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able;
to beg I am ashamed.

4 I know what I will do, that when I shall be removed from the
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

5 Therefore calling together every one of his lord's debtors, he said to
the first: How much dost thou owe my lord?

6 But he said: An hundred barrels of oil. And he said to him: Take thy
bill and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

7 Then he said to another: And how much dost thou owe? Who said: An
hundred quarters of wheat. He said to him: Take thy bill, and
write eighty.

8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done
wisely: for the children of this world are wiser in their
generation than the children of light.

9 And I say to you: Make unto you friends of the mammon of iniquity; that
when you shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting

10 He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in that
which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little, is unjust
also in that which is greater.

11 If then you have not been faithful in the unjust mammon; who will trust
you with that which is the true?

12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's; who will
give you that which is your own?

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

14 Now the Pharisees, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they
derided him.

15 And he said to them: You are they who justify yourselves before men,
but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is high to men,
is an abomination before God.

16 The law and the prophets were until John; from that time the kingdom of
God is preached, and every one useth violence towards it.

17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the
law to fall.

18 Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth
adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her
husband, commmitteth adultery.

19 There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen;
and feasted sumptuously every day.

20 And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate,
full of sores,

21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's
table, and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and
licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's bosom. And the rich man also died: and he
was buried in hell.

23 And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar
off, and Lazarus in his bosom:

24 And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to
cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.

25 And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good
things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazareth evil things, but
now he is comforted; and thou art tormented.

26 And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos:
so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor
from thence come hither.

27 And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee, that thou wouldst send him
to my father's house, for I have five brethren,

28 That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of

29 And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets; let them
hear them.

30 But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead,
they will do penance.

31 And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither
will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.

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