Luke 16:24

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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, haue mercy on mee, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and coole my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And he cried out and said, 'Father 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 this flame.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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 in anguish in this flame.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave a cry and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may put the end of his finger in water and put it on my tongue, for I am cruelly burning in this flame.
- Basic English Bible

And he crying out said, Father Abraham, have compassion on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this flame.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

So he cried aloud, and said, "`Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'
- Weymouth Bible

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 in anguish in this flame.'
- World English Bible

And he criede, and seide, Fadir Abraham, haue merci on me, and sende Lazarus, that he dippe the ende of his fyngur in watir, to kele my tunge; for Y am turmentid in this flawme.
- Wycliffe Bible

and having cried, he said, Father Abraham, deal kindly with me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and may cool my tongue, because I am distressed in this flame.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 16:24


16:24 Father Abraham, have mercy on me - It cannot be denied, but here is one precedent in Scripture of praying to departed saints: but who is it that prays, and with what success? Will any, who considers this, be fond of copying after him?


People's Bible Notes for Luke 16:24


Lu 16:24 And he cried. The only instance in the New Testament of prayers to the saints. Father Abraham. His trust was in his fleshly descent. He said, "We have Abraham to our father" (Mt 3:9 Lu 3:8). Send Lazarus. He seems to think that he has some claims on him, in return for his crumbs. Dip the tip of his finger in water. He only dares ask the smallest favor. Tormented in this flame. Greswell says: ``Flame may be regarded as a figurative term, to represent acutest suffering of which a spirit is susceptible by a material image of misery the most die.''

Discussion for Luke 16

  • Servant of God
    The last verse is the most trenchant, for Abraham tells the rich man in hell that if they hear not Moses (The Torah)they will not be persuaded by Jesus (The New Testament) who resurrected. Hmm, the Bible cannot be reduced. The truth is woven throughout. David, the Righteous King, Abraham, the friend of God, Moses, the lawgiver, Jesus, the Son of Man (how he refers to himself), all must be read!
  • BSP
    Verse 9: We can not buy our friendship with Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, but by using our material assets to further Kingdom interests, we prove our friendship and love not just in word, but also by our actions.
  • John McCall
    There are two sides of the gulf. meaning two sides of heaven.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    There is no repentance after death. After death, the judgement. It is wise, therefore, that we strive to earn a place in the Lord's Kingdom by being true to His divine will while here on earth.
  • Saved by Grace :,)
    Some believe in fairy tales, Some believe in lies from false cults, some enjoy religion.
    Jesus Christ said Except a man be Born Again he Cannot see the Kingdom of God Jn 3:3,5,7
    Jn 14 :6 Jesus Christ is the ONLY Way to escape Hell
  • What does it mean to " write eighty". Does it mean he paid eighty in which case he would be out of the rich mans debt and therefore reunited with him because he is no longer subservient to his debt. Is this possibly a statement that the manager has performed his intended task of reuniting the rich master and his debtors.

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