16:1 And he said also to the disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and he was accused to him of wasting his goods.
2 And he called him and said to him: What is this that I hear of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou canst no longer act as steward.
3 And the steward said within himself: What shall I do? for my lord takes from me the stewardship. To dig I am not able, to beg I am ashamed.
4 I have found what I shall do, that when I am put out of the stewardship they may receive me into their houses.
5 And calling to him each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first: How much owest thou my lord?
6 He said: A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him: Take back thy note, and sit down quickly and write fifty.
7 Then he said to another: And how much owest thou? And he said: A hundred homers of wheat. He says to him: Take back thy note, and write eighty.
8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had acted prudently; for the children of this age are, in reference to their generation, wiser than the children of light.
9 And I say to you: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.
10 He that is faithful in very little is faithful also in much, and he that is unjust in very little is unjust also in much.
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give to you that which is your own?
13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or he will hold the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
14 And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and scoffed at him.
15 And he said to them: You are they that justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets preached till John; from that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it by force.
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one point of the law to fall.
18 Every one that puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he that marries her that is put away from a husband commits adultery.
19 But there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, feasting splendidly every day.
20 And a certain poor man named Lazarus had been laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 and desiring to be fed with that which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 But it came to pass that the poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
23 And in hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.
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.
25 But Abraham said: Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus likewise evil things; but now here he is comforted and thou art tormented.
26 And in all these regions between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that they that would pass hence to you cannot, neither can they pass thence to us.
27 And he said: I pray thee then, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house;
28 for I have five brothers: that he may earnestly testify to them, lest they themselves also come to this place of torment.
29 But Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them.
30 And he said: No, father Abraham; but if one from the dead should go to them, they will repent.
31 But he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one should rise from the dead.