16 Jesus 1 also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 2 that his manager 3 was wasting 4 his assets. 2 So 5 he called the manager 6 in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 7 Turn in the account of your administration, 8 because you can no longer be my manager.’ 3 Then 9 the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 10 away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 11 and I’m too ashamed 12 to beg. 4 I know 13 what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 14 5 So 15 he contacted 16 his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 The man 17 replied, ‘A hundred measures 18 of olive oil.’ The manager 19 said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 20 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 21 replied, ‘A hundred measures 22 of wheat.’ The manager 23 said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 24 8 The 25 master commended the dishonest 26 manager because he acted shrewdly. 27 For the people 28 of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 29 than the people 30 of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 31 so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 32 into the eternal homes. 33
10 “The one who is faithful in a very little 34 is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 35 in handling worldly wealth, 36 who will entrust you with the true riches? 37 12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 38 with someone else’s property, 39 who will give you your own 40 ? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 41 the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 42 the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 43
14 The Pharisees 44 (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 45 him. 15 But 46 Jesus 47 said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 48 but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 49 among men is utterly detestable 50 in God’s sight.
16 “The law and the prophets were in force 51 until John; 52 since then, 53 the good news of the kingdom of God 54 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 55 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 56 in the law to become void. 57
18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 58 someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple 59 and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 60 every day. 20 But at his gate lay 61 a poor man named Lazarus 62 whose body was covered with sores, 63 21 who longed to eat 64 what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 65 came and licked 66 his sores.
22 “Now 67 the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 68 The 69 rich man also died and was buried. 70 23 And in hell, 71 as he was in torment, 72 he looked up 73 and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 74 24 So 75 he called out, 76 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 77 to dip the tip of his finger 78 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 79 in this fire.’ 80 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 81 remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 82 26 Besides all this, 83 a great chasm 84 has been fixed between us, 85 so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27 So 86 the rich man 87 said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 88 to my father’s house 28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 89 them so that they don’t come 90 into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, 91 ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 92 them.’ 30 Then 93 the rich man 94 said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 95 goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 He 96 replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 97 Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” 98
17 Jesus 1 said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 2 to the one through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 3 tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 4 than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 5 3 Watch 6 yourselves! If 7 your brother 8 sins, rebuke him. If 9 he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 10 him.”
5 The 11 apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 12 6 So 13 the Lord replied, 14 “If 15 you had faith the size of 16 a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 17 tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 18 and it would obey 19 you.
7 “Would any one of you say 20 to your slave 21 who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? 22 8 Won’t 23 the master 24 instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 25 to serve me while 26 I eat and drink. Then 27 you may eat and drink’? 9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 28 will he? 29 10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 30 we have only done what was our duty.’” 31
11 Now on 32 the way to Jerusalem, 33 Jesus 34 was passing along 35 between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As 36 he was entering 37 a village, ten men with leprosy 38 met him. They 39 stood at a distance, 13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 40 on us.” 14 When 41 he saw them he said, “Go 42 and show yourselves to the priests.” 43 And 44 as they went along, they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 45 God with a loud voice. 16 He 46 fell with his face to the ground 47 at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 48 (Now 49 he was a Samaritan.) 50 17 Then 51 Jesus said, 52 “Were 53 not ten cleansed? Where are the other 54 nine? 18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 55 19 Then 56 he said to the man, 57 “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 58
20 Now at one point 59 the Pharisees 60 asked Jesus 61 when the kingdom of God 62 was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 63 to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 64 in your midst.” 65
22 Then 66 he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 67 of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 Then people 68 will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 69 or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 70 24 For just like the lightning flashes 71 and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 72 25 But first he must 73 suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just 74 as it was 75 in the days of Noah, 76 so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People 77 were eating, 78 they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 79 the flood came and destroyed them all. 80 28 Likewise, just as it was 81 in the days of Lot, people 82 were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; 29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 83 30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, 84 with his goods in the house, must not come down 85 to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 86 33 Whoever tries to keep 87 his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 88 will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 89 35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 90 one will be taken and the other left.” 36 [[EMPTY]] 91
37 Then 92 the disciples 93 said 94 to him, “Where, 95 Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body 96 is, there the vultures 97 will gather.” 98
18 Then 1 Jesus 2 told them a parable to show them they should always 3 pray and not lose heart. 4 2 He said, 5 “In a certain city 6 there was a judge 7 who neither feared God nor respected people. 8 3 There was also a widow 9 in that city 10 who kept coming 11 to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For 12 a while he refused, but later on 13 he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 14 5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 15 by her unending pleas.’” 16 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 17 7 Won’t 18 God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 19 to him day and night? 20 Will he delay 21 long to help them? 8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 22 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 23 on earth?”
9 Jesus 24 also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 25 on everyone else. 10 “Two men went up 26 to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 27 and the other a tax collector. 28 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 29 ‘God, I thank 30 you that I am not like other people: 31 extortionists, 32 unrighteous people, 33 adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 34 12 I fast twice 35 a week; I give a tenth 36 of everything I get.’ 13 The tax collector, however, stood 37 far off and would not even look up 38 to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 39 to me, sinner that I am!’ 40 14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 41 rather than the Pharisee. 42 For everyone who exalts 43 himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
15 Now people 44 were even bringing their babies 45 to him for him to touch. 46 But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 47 16 But Jesus called for the children, 48 saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 49 belongs to such as these. 50 17 I tell you the truth, 51 whoever does not receive 52 the kingdom of God like a child 53 will never 54 enter it.”
18 Now 55 a certain ruler 56 asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 57 19 Jesus 58 said to him, “Why do you call me good? 59 No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” 60 21 The man 61 replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 62 all these laws 63 since my youth.” 64 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 65 and give the money 66 to the poor, 67 and you will have treasure 68 in heaven. Then 69 come, follow me.” 23 But when the man 70 heard this he became very sad, 71 for he was extremely wealthy. 24 When Jesus noticed this, 72 he said, “How hard 73 it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 74 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 75 than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard this said, “Then 76 who can be saved?” 77 27 He replied, “What is impossible 78 for mere humans 79 is possible for God.” 28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 80 to follow you!” 81 29 Then 82 Jesus 83 said to them, “I tell you the truth, 84 there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 85 or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 30 who will not receive many times more 86 in this age 87 – and in the age to come, eternal life.” 88
31 Then 89 Jesus 90 took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 91 and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 92 32 For he will be handed over 93 to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 94 mistreated, 95 and spat on. 96 33 They will flog him severely 97 and kill him. Yet 98 on the third day he will rise again.” 34 But 99 the twelve 100 understood none of these things. This 101 saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 102 what Jesus meant. 103
35 As 104 Jesus 105 approached 106 Jericho, 107 a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 37 They 108 told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 38 So 109 he called out, 110 “Jesus, Son of David, 111 have mercy 112 on me!” 39 And those who were in front 113 scolded 114 him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 115 even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So 116 Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 117 to be brought to him. When the man 118 came near, Jesus 119 asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 120 “Lord, let me see again.” 121 42 Jesus 122 said to him, “Receive 123 your sight; your faith has healed you.” 124 43 And immediately he regained 125 his sight and followed Jesus, 126 praising 127 God. When 128 all the people saw it, they too 129 gave praise to God.