Luke 16
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

1He also said to the disciples: “There was a richa man who received an accusation that his managerb was squanderingc his possessions. 2So he called the manager in and asked, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management,d because you can no longer be my manager.’

3“Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig; I’m ashamed to beg. 4I know what I’ll do so that when I’m removed from management, people will welcome me into their homes.’

5“So he summoned each one of his master’s debtors. ‘How much do you owe my master? ’ he asked the first one.

6“ ‘A hundred measures of olive oil,’ he said.

“ ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘sit down quickly, and write 50 .’

7“Next he asked another, ‘How much do you owe? ’

“ ‘A hundred measures of wheat,’ he said.

“ ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘and write 80 .’

8“The master praised the unrighteous managere because he had acted astutely. For the sons of this agef are more astute than the sons of lightg in dealing with their own people.h 9And I tell you, make friendsi for yourselves by means of the unrighteous moneyj so that when it fails,k they may welcome you into eternal dwellings. 10Whoever is faithfull in very littlem is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? 13Non household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hateo one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.”

Kingdom Values

14The Pharisees, who were lovers of money,p were listening to all these things and scoffingq at Him. 15And He told them: “You are the ones who justifyr yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts.s For what is highly admired by people is revoltingt in God’s sight.

16“Theu Law and the Prophetsv werew until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of Godx has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it.y 17But it is easierz for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the law to drop out.

18“Everyoneaa who divorcesab his wife and marries another woman commits adultery,ac and everyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19“There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen,ad feasting lavishly every day. 20But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate.ae 21He longed to be filledaf with what fell from the rich man’s table,ag but instead the dogsah would come and lick his sores. 22One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.ai,aj The rich man also died and was buried. 23And being in tormentak in Hades,al he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24‘Father Abraham! ’am he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agonyan in this flame! ’

25“ ‘Son,’ao Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things,ap just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here,aq while you are in agony. 26Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

27“ ‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house — 28because I have five brothers — to warnar them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’

29“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets;as they should listen to them.’

30“ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31“But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’ ”at


Footnotes:
a. 16:1 Lk 16:19
b. 16:1 Lk 12:42
c. 16:1 Lk 15:13
d. 16:2 1Tm 1:4
e. 16:8 Lk 18:6
f. 16:8 Mt 12:32; Lk 20:34
g. 16:8 Jn 12:46; Eph 5:8; 1Th 5:5
h. 16:8 Lit own generation
i. 16:9 Lk 11:41
j. 16:9 Mt 6:24; 1Tm 6:10
k. 16:9 Other mss read when you fail or pass away
l. 16:10 Mt 25:21-23
m. 16:10 Lk 19:17
n. 16:13 Mt 6:24
o. 16:13 Lk 14:26
p. 16:14 2Tm 3:2
q. 16:14 Lk 23:35
r. 16:15 Lk 10:29; 18:9
s. 16:15 1Sm 16:7; Ps 17:3; Pr 21:2; Rm 8:27
t. 16:15 Dt 24:4
u. 16:16-17 Mt 5:18; 11:12-13; 24:35; Mk 13:31
v. 16:16 Mt 7:12; 22:40; Ac 13:15; Rm 3:21
w. 16:16 Perhaps were proclaimed, or were in effect
x. 16:16 Mt 4:23
y. 16:16 Or everyone is forcing his way into it
z. 16:17 Mt 5:18
aa. 16:18 Mt 5:32; 19:9; Mk 10:11-12
ab. 16:18 Mt 1:19; 19:9
ac. 16:18 Ex 20:14; Lv 20:10; Pr 6:32; 2Pt 2:14
ad. 16:19 Ex 28:6; 35:35; Est 8:15; Pr 31:22; Ezk 27:16; Rv 18:16
ae. 16:20 Ac 3:2
af. 16:21 Lv 15:16
ag. 16:21 Mt 15:27
ah. 16:21 1Kg 21:19
ai. 16:22 Or to Abraham’s bosom ; lit to the fold of Abraham’s robe ; Jn 13:23
aj. 16:22 Jn 13:23
ak. 16:23 Is 50:11
al. 16:23 Mt 11:23
am. 16:24 Lk 3:8; 16:30; 19:9; Jn 8:33,39,53
an. 16:24 Is 66:24; Mt 25:41
ao. 16:25 Lit Child
ap. 16:25 Lk 6:24
aq. 16:25 Mt 11:28
ar. 16:28 Ac 2:40; 8:25
as. 16:29 Lk 24:27,44; Jn 1:45; Ac 26:22; 28:23
at. 16:31 Mt 28:11-15; Jn 12:10-11
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