Luke 16:8

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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the lord commended the vniust Steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser then the children of light.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And his lord was pleased with the false servant, because he had been wise; for the sons of this world are wiser in relation to their generation than the sons of light.
- Basic English Bible

And the lord praised the unrighteous steward because he had done prudently. For the sons of this world are, for their own generation, more prudent than the sons of light.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

And the master praised the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for, in relation to their own contemporaries, the men of this age are shrewder than the sons of Light.
- Weymouth Bible

His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.
- World English Bible

And the lord preiside the baili of wickydnesse, for he hadde do prudentli; for the sones of this world ben more prudent in her generacioun than the sones of liyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And the lord commended the unrighteous steward that he did prudently, because the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of the light, in respect to their generation.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 16:8


16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward - Namely, in this respect, because he had used timely precaution: so that though the dishonesty of such a servant be detestable, yet his foresight, care, and contrivance, about the interests of this life, deserve our imitation, with regard to the more important affairs of another. The children of this world - Those who seek no other portion than this world: Are wiser - Not absolutely, for they are, one and all, egregious fools; but they are more consistent with themselves; they are truer to their principles; they more steadily pursue their end; they are wiser in their generation - That is, in their own way, than the children of light - The children of God, whose light shines on their hearts.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 16:8


Lu 16:8 The lord commended the unjust steward. Commended not his faithfulness, but his wisdom in looking out for a home when about to lose his place. The one point taught is a prudent foresight that uses earthly resources to provide for a time when these resources will fail us.

Discussion for Luke 16:8

  • can anyone please explain to me what exactly this verse means.. kinda lost
  • Mzee Jay. for verse 8
    There is hidden wisdom in God that can be of great help to the saints, and the entire universe.
  • David Noseh shamaki for verse 8
    I think they are wisers than us, that is why we need to be sober and be vigilant.
    The Lord has tell us, so that we will not be ignorant of devise.
  • Ben weaver for verse 8
    I think Vs.8-11 is the conclusion of the last 2 stories. The story of the lost son seems to lack a finale like, both the lost sheep and the coin had;(likewise there is rejoicing in heaven). Although the prodical, was son and heir, he wasted his family's resources, whereas the steward shrewedly manipulated another mans goods for future security. Let us, as sons in the royal family, be diligent with this world's means to make friends for God to dwell in eternally. Jesus had said "he that receives you, recieves me, and...him that sent me". As we prove faithful with these earthly resources, our Lord can trust us with the kingdom riches we have inherited with Christ.

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