The apostle Luke writing (Jesus speaking, quoted in scripture...The
Word), taking down the speaking of Jesus to the gathered multitudes as one of His many
parables...this one about people's willingness to believe what leads to eternal
Wycliffe Bible of
King James Bible of
NAS Bible of
NIV Bible 1973-78: The Rich Man
19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived
in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named
Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell
from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 "The time came when the beggar
died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw
Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to
him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and
cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'
25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son,
remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things,
but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And
besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go
from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you,
father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 28 for I have five
brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29 "Abraham replied, 'They have
Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he
said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 "He said to him, 'If they do
not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the
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(27 September 2004)