NASB — Luke 16 — KJV

The Unrighteous Steward

1 Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this [manager] was Ireported to him as asquandering his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my Imaster is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5 And he summoned each one of his Imaster’s debtors, and he [began] saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred Imeasures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred Imeasures of wheat.’ He *said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 And his Imaster praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of athis age are more shrewd in relation to their own IIkind than the bsons of light. 9 And I say to you, amake friends for yourselves by means of the Ibwealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, cthey will receive you into the eternal dwellings.

[1] IOr accused aLk 15:13
[3] IOr lord
[5] IOr lord’s
[6] IGr baths, a Heb unit of measure equaling about 7 1/2 gal.
[7] IGr kors, one kor equals between 10 and 12 bu
[8] IOr lord IILit generation aMt 12:32; Lk 20:34 bJn 12:36; Ep 5:8; 1Th 5:5
[9] IGr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship aMt 19:21; Lk 11:41; 12:33 bMt 6:24; Lk 16:11, 13 cLk 16:4

10aHe who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [use of] unrighteous Iawealth, who will entrust the true [riches] to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in [the use of] that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 aNo Iservant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and IIbwealth.”

[10] aMt 25:21, 23
[11] IGr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship aLk 16:9
[13] IOr house-servant IIGr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship aMt 6:24 bLk 16:9

14 ¶ Now the Pharisees, who were alovers of money, were listening to all these things and bwere scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who ajustify yourselves Iin the sight of men, but bGod knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable Iin the sight of God.

[14] a2Ti 3:2 bLk 23:35
[15] ILit before aLk 10:29; 18:9, 14 b1S 16:7; Pv 21:2; Ac 1:24; Ro 8:27

16aThe Law and the Prophets [were proclaimed] until John; since that time bthe gospel of the kingdom of God Ihas been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 aBut it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one Istroke of a letter of the Law to fail.

[16] ILit is preached aMt 11:12f bMt 4:23
[17] II.e. projection of a letter (serif) aMt 5:18

18aEveryone who Idivorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is IIdivorced from a husband commits adultery.

[18] IOr sends away IIOr sent away aMt 5:32; 1Co 7:10, 11

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus awas laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the [crumbs] which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to aAbraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In aHades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘aFather Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in bthis flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that aduring your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And Ibesides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and [that] none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may awarn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have aMoses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, afather Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

[20] aAc 3:2
[22] aJn 1:18; 13:23
[23] aMt 11:23
[24] aLk 3:8; 16:30; 19:9 bMt 25:41
[25] aLk 6:24
[26] ILit in all these things
[28] aAc 2:40; 8:25; 10:42; 18:5; 20:21ff; 23:11; 28:23; Ga 5:3; Ep 4:17; 1Th 2:11; 4:6
[29] aLk 4:17; Jn 5:45-47; Ac 15:21
[30] aLk 3:8; 16:24; 19:9


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The parable of the unjust steward.

1 ¶ And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors [unto him], and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. 8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

[1] Gn 15:2; 43:19; 1Ch 28:1; Pv 18:9; Ho 2:8; Mt 18:23; 25:14; Lk 8:3; 12:42; 15:13, 30; 16:19; 19:20; 1Co 4:1; Tit 1:7; Jm 4:3; 1P 4:10.
[2] Gn 3:9; 4:9; 18:20; 1S 2:23; Ec 11:9; 12:14; Mt 12:36; Lk 12:20, 42; 19:21; Ro 14:12; 1Co 1:11; 4:2, 5; 2Co 5:10; 1Ti 4:14; 5:24; 1P 4:5, 10; Rv 20:12.
[3] Es 6:6; Pv 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 19:15; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30; 26:13; 27:23; 29:21; Is 10:3; Jr 5:31; Ho 9:5; Mk 10:46; Lk 12:17; 16:20, 22; 18:4; Jn 9:8; Ac 3:2; 9:6; 2Th 3:11.
[4] Pv 30:9; Jr 4:22; Jm 3:15.
[5] Mt 18:24; Lk 7:41.
[6] Ezk 45:10; Lk 16:9, 12; Tit 2:10.
[7] So 8:11; Lk 20:9, 12.
[8] Gn 3:1; Ex 1:10; 2S 13:3; 2K 10:19; Ps 17:14; 49:10; Pv 6:6; Mt 17:26; Lk 16:4, 10; 18:6; 20:34; Jn 12:36; 1Co 3:18; Ep 5:8; Php 3:19; 1Th 5:5; 1P 2:9; 1Jn 3:10.
[9] Ps 73:26; Pv 19:17; 23:5; Ec 11:1; 12:3; Is 57:16; 58:7; Dn 4:27; Mt 6:19; 19:21; 25:35; Lk 11:41; 14:14; 16:11, 13; Ac 10:4, 31; 2Co 4:17; 5:1; 9:12; 1Ti 6:9, 17, 18; 2Ti 1:16; Jde 1:21.
[10] Mt 25:21; Lk 16:11; 19:17; Jn 12:6; 13:2, 27; He 3:2.
[11] Pv 8:18; Lk 12:33; 16:9; 18:22; Ep 3:8; Jm 2:5; Rv 3:18.
[12] 1Ch 29:14; Jb 1:21; Ezk 16:16; Ho 2:8; Mt 25:14; Lk 10:42; 19:13; Col 3:3; 1P 1:4.

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

[13] Jsh 24:15; Mt 4:10; 6:24; Lk 9:50; 11:23; 14:26; Ro 6:16; 8:5; Jm 4:4; 1Jn 2:15.

Christ reproveth the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees.

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. 16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.

[14] Ps 35:15; 119:51; Is 53:3; 56:11; Jr 6:13; 8:10; 20:7; Ezk 22:25; 33:31; Mt 23:14; Lk 8:53; 12:15; 20:47; 23:35; He 11:36; 12:2.
[15] 1S 16:7; 1Ch 29:17; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 7:9; 10:3; 49:13, 18; 139:1; Pv 16:5; 20:6; Is 1:10; Jr 17:10; Am 5:21; Mal 3:15; Mt 6:2, 5, 16; 23:5, 25; Lk 10:29; 11:39; 18:11, 21; 20:20, 47; Jn 2:25; 21:17; Ac 1:18; 15:8; Ro 3:20; 1Co 4:5; Jm 2:21; 1P 3:4; 5:5; Rv 2:23.
[16] Mt 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; 11:9; 21:32; Mk 1:14, 45; Lk 7:26; 9:2; 10:9, 11; 16:29, 31; Jn 1:45; 11:48; 12:19; Ac 3:18, 24.
[17] Ps 102:25; Is 40:8; 51:6; Mt 5:18; Lk 21:33; Ro 3:31; 1P 1:25; 2P 3:10; Rv 20:11; 21:1, 4.
[18] Mt 5:32; 19:9; Mk 10:11; 1Co 7:4, 10.

The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: 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: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth 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, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

[19] Jg 8:26; Es 8:15; Jb 21:11; Ps 73:3; Ezk 16:13, 49; 27:7; Am 6:4; Mk 15:17, 20; Lk 12:16; 15:13; 16:1; 18:24; Jm 5:1; Rv 17:4; 18:7, 16.
[20] 1S 2:8; Jb 2:7; Ps 34:19; 73:14; Is 1:6; Jr 8:22; Lk 16:21; 18:35; Jn 11:1; Ac 3:2; Jm 1:9; 2:5.
[21] Mt 15:27; Mk 7:28; Jn 6:12; 1Co 4:11; 2Co 11:27.
[22] 2K 9:34; Jb 3:13; 21:13, 30; Ps 49:6, 16; 73:18; 91:11; Pv 14:32; Ec 8:10; Is 14:18; 22:16; 57:1; Mt 8:11; 13:38; 24:31; Mk 8:36; Lk 12:20; Jn 13:23; 21:20; He 2:14; Jm 1:11; 1P 2:24; Rv 14:13.
[23] Ps 9:17; 16:10; 49:15; 86:13; Pv 5:5; 7:27; 9:18; 15:24; Is 14:9, 15; Mt 5:22, 29; 8:11, 29; 18:9; 23:33; Lk 8:28; 13:28; 16:28; 1Co 15:55; 2P 2:4; Rv 14:10; 20:10, 13.
[24] 1S 28:16; Is 27:11; 41:17; 65:13; 66:24; Zc 14:12; Mt 3:9; 25:41; Mk 9:43; Lk 3:8; 16:30; Jn 4:10, 14; 7:37; 8:33, 53; Ro 4:12; 9:7; 2Th 1:8; Jm 2:13; 3:6; Rv 7:16; 14:10; 19:20; 20:15; 22:1.
[25] Jb 21:13; 22:18; Ps 17:14; 37:35; 49:11; 73:7, 12; Lm 1:7; Dn 5:22, 30; Mk 9:46; Lk 6:24; 16:20, 23, 24; Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22; Ro 8:7; Php 3:19; 1Th 3:3; He 11:25; 1Jn 2:15; Rv 7:14.
[26] 1S 25:36; Ps 49:14; 50:22; Ezk 28:24; Mal 3:18; Mt 25:46; Lk 12:59; Jn 3:36; 2Th 1:4, 9; Jm 1:11; 5:1; Rv 20:10; 22:11.
[28] Ps 49:12.
[29] Is 8:20; 34:16; Mal 4:2; Lk 16:16; Jn 5:39; Ac 15:21; 17:11; 2Ti 3:15; 2P 1:19.
[30] Lk 13:3, 5; Rv 16:9.
[31] Gn 9:27; Jn 11:43; 12:10; Ac 19:8; 26:28; 28:23; 2Co 4:3; 5:11.


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