Luke Chapter 16
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1 The parable of the vniust steward. 14 Christ reprooueth the hypocrisie of the couetous Pharisees. 19 The rich glutton, and Lazarus the begger.
An vniust steward.
And hee said also vnto his disciples, There was a certaine rich man which had a Steward, and the same was accused vnto him that he had wasted his goods.
And hee called him, and said vnto him, How is it that I heare this of thee? Giue an accompt of thy stewardship: for thou mayest bee no longer Steward.
Then the Steward said within himselfe, What shall I doe, for my lord taketh away from mee the Stewardship? I cannot digge, to begge I am ashamed.
I am resolued what to doe, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receiue me into their houses.
So hee called euery one of his lords detters vnto him, and said vnto the first, How much owest thou vnto my lord?
And hee said, An hundred measures of oyle. And hee saide vnto him, Take thy bill, and sit downe quickly, and write fiftie.6
Then said hee to another, And how much owest thou? And hee said, An hundred measures of wheat. And hee saide vnto him, Take thy bill and write fourescore.7
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.
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.9
Hee that is faithfull in that which is least, is faithfull also in much: and he that is vniust in the least, is vniust also in much.
If therefore yee haue not bene faithfull in the vnrighteous Mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?11
And if ye haue not bene faithful in that which is another mans, who shall giue you that which is your owne?
¶ No seruant can serue two masters, for either he will hate the one, and loue the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other: yee cannot serue God and Mammon.13
The rich glutton.
And the Pharisees also who were couetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
And he said vnto them, Ye are they which iustifie your selues before men, but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the sight of God.
The law and the Prophets were vntill Iohn: since that time the kingdome of God is preached, and euery man preasseth into it.16
And it is easier for heauen and earth to passe, then one title of the law to faile.17
Whosoeuer putteth away his wife, & marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoeuer marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.18
¶ There was a certaine rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linnen, and fared sumptuously euery day.
And there was a certaine begger named Lazarus, which was layde at his gate full of sores,
And desiring to bee fed with the crummes which fel from the rich mans table: moreouer the dogges came and licked his sores.
And it came to passe that the begger died, and was caried by the Angels into Abrahams bosome: the rich man also died, and was buried.
And in hell he lift vp his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afarre off, and Lazarus in his bosome:
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.
But Abraham saide, Sonne, remember that thou in thy life-time receiuedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus euill things, but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And besides all this, betweene vs and you there is a great gulfe fixed, so that they which would passe from hence to you, cannot, neither can they passe to vs, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore father, that thou wouldest send him to my fathers house:
For I haue fiue brethren, that he may testifie vnto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith vnto him, They haue Moses and the Prophets, let them heare them.
And hee said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went vnto them from the dead, they will repent.
And hee said vnto him, If they heare not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be perswaded, though one rose from the dead.
Luke Chapter 16 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
6 The word Batus in the originall conteineth nine gallons 3. quarts.
7 The word here interpreted a measure, in the originall conteineth about foureteene bushels and a pottle.
9 Or, riches.
11 Or, riches.
13 Matth. 6. 24.
16 Matth.11. 12.
17 Matth.5. 18.
18 Matth.5. 32.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania