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XVI.  And he said also to the disciples: There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused to him as wasting his goods.

2And having called him, he said to him: What is this that I hear of thee? Give account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.

3And the steward said within himself: What shall I do? for my master takes away from me the stewardship. I am not able to dig; to beg I am ashamed.

4I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

5And having called to him each one of his master's debtors, he said to the first: How much owest thou to my master?

6And he said: A hundred measures of oil. And he said to him: Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

7Then he said to another: And how much owest thou? And he said: A hundred measures of wheat. And he said to him: Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

8And the master commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely; because the sons of this world are, in their generation, wiser than the sons of light.

9And I say to you: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it fails, they may receive you into the everlasting habitations.

10He 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.

11If therefore ye were not faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?

12And if ye were not faithful in that which is another's, who will give to you your own?

13No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye can not serve God and Mammon.

14And the Pharisees also; who were covetous, heard all these things; and they derided him.

15And he said to them: Ye are they who justify themselves before men; but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination before God.

16The law and the prophets were until John; from that time the good news of the kingdom of God is published, and every man presses into it.

17And it is easier that heaven and earth should pass away, than that one tittle of the law should fail.

18Every one who puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when put away from a husband commits adultery.

19There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.

20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22And it came to pass, that the beggar died; and he was borne away by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried;

23and in the underworld, lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24And 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.

25But Abraham said: Child, remember that in thy lifetime thou receivedst thy good things in full, and Lazarus in like manner his evil things; but now here, he is comforted and thou art tormented.

26And besides all this, between us and you a great gulf is fixed; that they who would pass from hence to you may not be able, nor those from thence pass over to us.

27And he said: I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father's house.

28For I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, that they may not also come into this place of torment.

29Abraham says to him: They have Moses and the prophets let them hear them.

30And he said: Nay, father Abraham; but if one should go to them from the dead, they will repent.

31And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one should rise from the dead.