Luke 16:1
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New International Version
Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

New Living Translation
Jesus told this story to his disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer's money.

English Standard Version
He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus also said to His disciples, "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

Berean Literal Bible
Now also He was saying to the disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and was accused unto him as he is wasting his possessions.

New American Standard Bible
Now He was also saying to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.

King James Bible
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also said to the disciples: "There was a rich man who received an accusation that his manager was squandering his possessions.

International Standard Version
Now Jesus was saying to the disciples, "A rich man had a servant manager who was accused of wasting his assets.

NET Bible
Jesus also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets.

New Heart English Bible
He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he told a parable to his disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and they were accusing him that he was squandering his wealth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a business manager. The manager was accused of wasting the rich man's property.

New American Standard 1977
Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and this steward was reported to him as squandering his possessions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

American King James Version
And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused to him that he had wasted his goods.

American Standard Version
And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said also to [his] disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and he was accused to him as wasting his goods.

English Revised Version
And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a steward; and the same was accused to him that he had wasted his goods.

Weymouth New Testament
He said also to His disciples: "There was a rich man who had a steward, about whom a report was brought to him, that he was wasting his property.

World English Bible
He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.

Young's Literal Translation
And he said also unto his disciples, 'A certain man was rich, who had a steward, and he was accused to him as scattering his goods;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:1-12 Whatever we have, the property of it is God's; we have only the use of it, according to the direction of our great Lord, and for his honour. This steward wasted his lord's goods. And we are all liable to the same charge; we have not made due improvement of what God has trusted us with. The steward cannot deny it; he must make up his accounts, and be gone. This may teach us that death will come, and deprive us of the opportunities we now have. The steward will make friends of his lord's debtors or tenants, by striking off a considerable part of their debt to his lord. The lord referred to in this parable commended not the fraud, but the policy of the steward. In that respect alone is it so noticed. Worldly men, in the choice of their object, are foolish; but in their activity, and perseverance, they are often wiser than believers. 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. 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. The true riches signify spiritual blessings; and if a man spends upon himself, or hoards up what God has trusted to him, as to outward things, what evidence can he have, that he is an heir of God through Christ? The riches of this world are deceitful and uncertain. Let us be convinced that those are truly rich, and very rich, who are rich in faith, and rich toward God, rich in Christ, in the promises; let us then lay up our treasure in heaven, and expect our portion from thence.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
1Jesus also said to His disciples, “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2So he called him in to ask, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in an account of your management, for you cannot be manager any longer.’…
Cross References
Matthew 20:8
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last ones hired and moving on to the first.'

Luke 12:42
And the Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their portion at the proper time?

Luke 15:13
After a few days, the younger son got everything together and journeyed to a distant country, where he squandered his wealth in wild living.

Luke 16:2
So he called him in to ask, 'What is this I hear about you? Turn in an account of your management, for you cannot be manager any longer.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused to him that he had wasted his goods.

a certain.

Matthew 18:23,24 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which …

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, …

a steward.

Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many …

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, LORD God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, …

Genesis 43:19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed …

1 Chronicles 28:1 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes…

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

wasted.

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

Luke 15:13,30 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and …

Luke 19:20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

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