The rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) | back
19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: This man was very rich, dressed in fine clothing and lived in luxury.
20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores. There was a beggar named Lazarus that laid at his door full of sores and disease.
21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. As he laid there waiting for scraps from the rich mans table, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. Finally the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham in the place of the righteous. The rich man died also and was buried.
23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. The rich man went to hell (The opposite side of the gulf), and was in torment. The rich man saw Lazarus on the other side of the gulf with Abraham.
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. The rich man cried to Abraham to have mercy on him and asked if Lazarus could come to the other side of the great gulf to give him some relief from torment.
25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Abraham replied to the rich man, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted and Lazarus had nothing. Now Lazarus is here being comforted and you are in anguish.
26And 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. Abraham told the rich man that there was a great gulf (Chasm in the Greek), separating us, and anyone wanting to come to you from here is stopped at it's edge; and no one over there can cross to us.
27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house. The rich man prayed to Abraham and asked if he would send Lazarus to his fathers home to warn them about this place.
28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. I have five brothers; and I would like to warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.
29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. Abraham replied to the rich man; The scriptures have warned them again and again. Your brothers can read them any time they want.
30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. The rich man replied to Abraham; No, they will not bother to read them. But if someone is sent to them from the dead to warn them, they they will repent for their evil ways.
31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. "Abraham replied to the rich man; if they won't listen to Moses and the Prophets, they won't listen even if someone rises from the dead." Even Christ's resurrection failed to convince the Pharisees, to whom he gave this illustration.