16Jesus told this story to his disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer's money.G1161G3004G2532G4314G846G3101G2258G5100G4145G444G3739G2192G3623G2532G3778G1225G846G5613G1287G846G5224 2So the employer called him in and said, `What's this I hear about you? Get your report in order, because you are going to be fired.'G2532G5455G846G2036G846G5101G191G5124G4012G4675G591G3056G4675G3622G1063G1410G3756G2089G3621 3"The manager thought to himself, `Now what? My boss has fired me. I don't have the strength to dig ditches, and I'm too proud to beg.G1161G3623G2036G1722G1438G5101G4160G3754G3450G2962G851G575G1700G3622G3756G2480G4626G1871G153 4Ah, I know how to ensure that I'll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired.'G1097G5101G4160G2443G3752G3179G3622G1209G3165G1519G846G3624 5"So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, `How much do you owe him?'G2532G4341G1538G1520G1438G2962G5533G3004G4413G4214G3784G3450G2962 6The man replied, `I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.' So the manager told him, `Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons.'G1161G2036G1540G943G1637G2532G2036G846G1209G4675G1121G2532G2523G5030G1125G4004 7"`And how much do you owe my employer?' he asked the next man. `I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,' was the reply. `Here,' the manager said, `take the bill and change it to 800 bushels.'G1899G2036G2087G1161G4214G3784G4771G1161G2036G1540G2884G4621G2532G3004G846G1209G4675G1121G2532G1125G3589 8"The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.G2532G2962G1867G93G3623G3754G4160G5430G3754G5207G5127G165G1526G1519G1438G1074G5429G5228G5207G5457 9Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.G2504G3004G5213G4160G1438G5384G1537G3126G93G2443G3752G1587G1209G5209G1519G166G4633 10"If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.G4103G1722G1646G2076G4103G2532G1722G4183G2532G94G1722G1646G2076G94G2532G1722G4183 11And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?G1487G3767G1096G3756G1096G4103G1722G94G3126G5101G4100G5213G4100G228 12And if you are not faithful with other people's things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?G2532G1487G1096G3756G1096G4103G1722G245G5101G1325G5213G5212 13"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."G3762G3610G1410G1398G1417G2962G1063G2228G3404G1520G2532G25G2087G2228G472G1520G2532G2706G2087G3756G1410G1398G2316G2532G3126 14The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him.G1161G5330G2532G5225G5366G191G3956G5023G2532G1592G846 15Then he said to them, "You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.G2532G2036G846G5210G2075G1344G1438G1799G444G1161G2316G1097G5216G2588G3754G5308G1722G444G2076G946G1799G2316 16"Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in.G3551G2532G4396G2193G2491G575G5119G932G2316G2097G2532G3956G971G1519G846 17But that doesn't mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God's law to be overturned.G1161G2076G2123G3772G2532G1093G3928G2228G3391G2762G3551G4098 18"For example, a man who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery. And anyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."G3956G630G846G1135G2532G1060G2087G3431G2532G3956G1060G630G575G435G3431 19Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury.G1161G2258G5100G4145G444G2532G1737G4209G2532G1040G2165G2988G2596G2250 20At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.G1161G2258G5100G4434G3686G2976G3739G906G4314G846G4440G1669 21As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.G2532G1937G5526G575G5589G3588G4098G575G4145G5132G235G2532G2965G2064G621G846G1668 22"Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,G1161G1096G4434G599G2532G667G5259G32G1519G11G2859G4145G1161G2532G599G2532G2290 23and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.G2532G1722G86G1869G846G3788G5225G1722G931G3708G11G3113G575G2532G2976G1722G846G2859 24"The rich man shouted, `Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.'G2532G846G5455G2036G3962G11G1653G3165G2532G3992G2976G2443G911G206G846G1147G5204G2532G2711G3450G1100G3754G3600G1722G5026G5395 25"But Abraham said to him, `Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish.G1161G11G2036G5043G3415G3754G4771G1722G4675G2222G618G4675G18G2532G3668G2976G2556G1161G3568G3592G3870G1161G4771G3600 26And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.'G2532G1909G3956G5125G3342G2257G2532G5216G4741G3173G5490G4741G3704G2309G1224G1782G4314G5209G3361G1410G3366G1276G4314G2248G1564 27"Then the rich man said, `Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father's home.G1161G2036G2065G4571G3767G3962G2443G3992G846G1519G3450G3962G3624 28For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don't end up in this place of torment.'G1063G2192G4002G80G3704G1263G846G3363G846G2532G2064G1519G5126G5117G931 29"But Abraham said, `Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.'G11G3004G846G2192G3475G2532G4396G191G846 30"The rich man replied, `No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.'G1161G2036G3780G3962G11G235G1437G5100G4198G4314G846G575G3498G3340 31"But Abraham said, `If they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't listen even if someone rises from the dead.'"G1161G2036G846G1487G191G3756G3475G2532G4396G3761G3982G1437G5100G450G1537G3498
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