Luke 16:11
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New International Version
So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

New Living Translation
And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?

English Standard Version
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?

King James Bible
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine?

International Standard Version
So if you haven't been faithful with unrighteous wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?

NET Bible
If then you haven't been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If therefore you are not faithful with the wealth of evil, who will commit to you the reality?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Therefore, if you can't be trusted with wealth that is often used dishonestly, who will trust you with wealth that is real?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true?

King James 2000 Bible
If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

American King James Version
If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

American Standard Version
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches ?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then you have not been faithful in the unjust mammon; who will trust you with that which is the true?

Darby Bible Translation
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who shall entrust to you the true?

English Revised Version
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Webster's Bible Translation
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Weymouth New Testament
If therefore you have not proved yourselves faithful in dealing with the wealth that is tainted with fraud, who will entrust to you the true good?

World English Bible
If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Young's Literal Translation
if, then, in the unrighteous mammon ye became not faithful -- the true who will entrust to you?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - The unrighteous mammon. As above in the parable, "mammon" signifies money. The epithet "unrighteous" is used in the same sense as in ver. 9, where we read of the "mammon of unrighteousness."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If therefore ye have not been faithful,.... This is the application of the above proverbial expressions, and seems to be directed to the disciples of Christ, though not without a view to the covetous Scribes and Pharisees, who were in hearing of it, and were disturbed at it, Luke 16:14 and the meaning is, that whereas some of them might have been unfaithful, and have acted the unjust part of gathering of riches, as Matthew, and other publicans, that were now become the followers of Christ; if therefore they should be unfaithful

in the unrighteous mammon; in the disposing of it to improper uses, which was either unrighteously gotten, and therefore called, as it sometimes was, , "mammon of ungodliness", or "ungodly mammon" (x); or, which was fallacious, deceitful, vain, and transitory:

who will commit to your trust the true riches; or mammon? that is, how should you expect to be intrusted with the riches of grace, as the blessings and promises of the covenant of grace, the graces of the Spirit of God, which truly enrich persons, and are solid and durable? or the riches of glory, the better and more enduring substance in heaven, signified by a kingdom, and an inheritance that fadeth not away? so the Jews call the good things of another world, and say (y), that

"all the good things of this world are not , "true good things", in comparison of the good things of the world to come.''

And they use the same distinction with respect to "mammon", as here:

"the holy, blessed God, they say (z), gives him, , "mammon of truth", or true mammon; and he makes it "false", or deceitful:''

or rather the rich treasure of the Gospel is meant, called a treasure in earthen vessels, and the unsearchable riches of Christ; and is comparable to, and of more worth than gold, silver, and precious stones. And so the Syriac version renders it, "who will trust you with the truth?" with the truth of the Gospel.

(x) Targum in Hab. ii. 9. (y) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 23. 2.((z) Shemot Rabba, sect. 31. fol. 134. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11, 12. unrighteous mammon—To the whole of this He applies the disparaging term "what is least," in contrast with "the true riches."

Luke 16:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Unrighteous Steward
10"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12"And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?…
Cross References
Matthew 6:24
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Luke 16:9
I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Luke 16:12
And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 8:18,19 Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness…

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

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