King James Version Update. 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. Luke 16 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Shrewd Manager 16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. And surely there is no encouragement to follow the example, when all his prayers were made in vain. Luke 16:19-31. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. So he called every one of his lord's debtors. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. What two masters did he refer to? And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? How many would now desire to recall or to undo what they have written or done! Sinners are now called upon to remember; but they do not, they will not, they find ways to avoid it. And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. The sin of this rich man was his providing for himself only. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. The unjust steward is not set before us as an example in cheating his master, or to justify any dishonesty, but to point out the careful ways of worldly men. We are not told that the rich man got his estate by fraud, or oppression; but Christ shows, that a man may have a great deal of the wealth, pomp, and pleasure of this world, yet perish for ever under God's wrath and curse. 7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? The rich man in hell lifted up his eyes, being in torment. for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their … Those who would make the rich man's praying to Abraham justify praying to saints departed, go far to seek for proofs, when the mistake of a damned sinner is all they can find for an example. In that respect alone is it so noticed. It is often the lot of some of the dearest of God's saints and servants to be greatly afflicted in this world. And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. When our Lord spoke thus, the covetous Pharisees treated his instructions with contempt. It would be well if the children of light would learn wisdom from the men of the world, and would as earnestly pursue their better object.
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