Unjust Steward

Luke 16:1-12

Jesus (to his disciples): There was a certain rich man, who had a steward. The steward was accused of wasting the rich man’s goods.

The rich man called him.

The rich man (to the steward): How is it that I hear this of you? Give an account of your stewardship; for you may be no longer steward.

The steward (within himself): What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

He called every one of his lord’s debtors to him.

The steward (to the first): How much do you owe to my lord?

The first debtor: A hundred measures of oil.

The steward (to the first debtor):Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

The steward (to another debtor): And how much do you owe?

The debtor: A hundred measures of wheat.

The steward (to this debtor): Take your bill, and write eighty.

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Jesus (continued): Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 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. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?