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16:1 And he said also to His Talmidim, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused to him that he had wasted his goods.
16:2 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of you? give an account of your stewardship; for you mayest be no longer steward.
16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my master taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
16:5 So he called every one of his master's debtors [to him], and said to the first, How much owest you to my master?
16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said to him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said to him, Take your bill, and write fourscore.
16:8 And the master commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for benai this world are in their generation wiser than benai light.
16:9 And I say to you: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
16:10 He 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.
16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]?
16:12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve Elohim and mammon.
16:14 And the Prushim also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but Elohim knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of Elohim.
16:16 The Torah and the Neviim [were] until Yochanan: since that time the Malkut Elohim is proclaimed, and every man presseth into it.
16:17 And it is easier for shamayim and earth to pass, than one tittle of the Torah to fail.
16:18 Whosoever puts away his wife, and marries another, commits adultery: and whosoever marries her that is put away from [her] husband commits adultery.
16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
16:20 And there was a certain beggar named El`azar, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the malakhim into Avraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Avraham afar off, and El`azar in his bosom.
16:24 And he cried and said, Avi Avraham, have mercy on me, and send El`azar, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
16:25 But Avraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime receivedst your good things, and likewise El`azar evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.
16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
16:27 Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you wouldest send him to my father's house:
16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
16:29 Avraham saith to him, They have Moshe and the Naviim; let them hear them.
16:30 And he said, Nay, father Avraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.
16:31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moshe and the Neviim, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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16:9 unrighteous mammon - We should make friends for ourselves by means of unrighteous mammon. That is, we should use money and other material things in such a way as to reach out to loss souls for Messiah and thus form friendships that will endure throughout eternity. Money can be used to buy Scriptures, spiritual resources books, tracts, provide for out reach mission and thus, indirectly, the souls of men.
Thus what was material and temporal becomes immortal, becomes non-material, spiritual and eternal. Here is a man who has 100. He may spend it all on a banquet or an evening party, in which case the next day there is nothing to show for it. On the other hand, he invests in scriptures at 1.00 each. It buys a hundred copies of the Word of Elohim. These he judiciously sows as seed of the kingdom, and that seed springs up into a harvest, not of scriptures but of souls. Out of the unrighteous, he has made immortal friends, who when he fails, receive him into everlasting habitations.
This then is the teaching of our Master. By the wise investment of material possessions, we can have part in the eternal blessing of men and women. We can make sure that when we arrive at the gates of heaven, there will be a welcoming committee of those who were saved through our sacrificial giving and prayers. These people will thank us saying, "It was you who invited me here."
Other verse related mammon
(Mattityahu 6:24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve Elohim and mammon.
(Loukas 16:9) And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it fails, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
(Loukas 16:11) If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
(Loukas 16:13) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve Elohim and mammon.