Luke 16:9

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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I say vnto you, Make to your selues friends of the Mammon of vnrighteousnesse, that when ye faile, they may receiue you into euerlasting habitations.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I say to you, Make friends for yourselves through the wealth of this life, so that when it comes to an end, you may be taken into the eternal resting-places.
- Basic English Bible

And *I* say to you, Make to yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, that when it fails ye may be received into the eternal tabernacles.
- Darby Bible

And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
- Webster's Bible

But I charge you, so to use the wealth which is ever tempting to dishonesty as to win friends who, when it fails, shall welcome you to the tents that never perish.
- Weymouth Bible

I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.
- World English Bible

And Y seie to you, make ye to you freendis of the ritchesse of wickidnesse, that whanne ye schulen fayle, thei resseyue you in to euerlastynge tabernaclis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I say to you, Make to yourselves friends out of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye may fail, they may receive you to the age-during tabernacles.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 16:9


16:9 And I say to you - Be good stewards even of the lowest talents wherewith God hath intrusted you. Mammon means riches or money. It is termed the mammon of unrighteousness, because of the manner wherein it is commonly either procured or employed. Make yourselves friends of this, by doing all possible good, particularly to the children of God: that when ye fail, when your flesh and your heart faileth, when this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, those of them who have gone before may receive, may welcome you into the everlasting habitations.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 16:9


Lu 16:9 And I say unto you. The parable has ended and Christ now makes the application. Mammon of unrighteousness. Mammon is equivalent to money, or wealth; called the "mammon of unrighteousness", not because it is acquired unrighteously, but because most use it unrighteously, treating it as their own, when they are only stewards. What is the use the Lord charges us to put it to? It is: "Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness (riches), that when it shall fail (when you can use it no longer), they shall receive you into eternal tabernacles (heaven)". It is strange that there is any difficulty over this passage, as translated clearly in the Revised Version. The only friends who can receive us into heaven are the Father and the Son. These are, then, the friends we must secure. During life our means must be so used as to please God and to lay up eternal treasure. If we use it as a trust of the Lord we will secure such a friend. Instead of hoarding we must make heavenly friends.

Discussion for Luke 16

  • Joe
    There may be several messages within the Lazarus and rich man parable. The ones I like are that one sin leads to other sins and the ways of the world are wicked and evil.
  • Dewey J
    Jairy, the point is to show that in many ways wicked people are more productive with money and the many uses thereof than Christians are for the kingdom business of God. Jesus is saying that there are many such wicked stewards and managers in this present world that uses money wisely. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Jairy Joseph
    The parable of the steward was always a mystery to me. Here I believe Jesus is referring to the High Priests who were imposing the Law. Now that Jesus had come.....
  • Gail Green
    We must hear and obey God's word if we do not it will have to give an account at the end of our lives.
  • Joe
    Bob - The rich man's debtors had bills showing they owed some amount. The steward went to debtors and told them to change the amount owed expected the debtors to be beholding to him when the rich man fired him.
  • Ernest Acheampong
    This parable is teaching as very good . This gives as similar situation on our credit business in this world

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