25. Teaching to Be Prudent Stewards
1 1And He said also to the disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a 2steward, and this one was accused to him of squandering his possessions.
2 And he called him and said to him, What is this I hear concerning you? Render the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.
3 And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, because my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to 1dig; I am ashamed to 2beg.
4 I know what I will do so that when I am removed from the stewardship they may 1receive me into their own houses.
5 And when he had called to him each one of his master's debtors, he said to the first, How much do you owe my master?
6 And he said, A hundred 1measures of oil. And he said to him, Take your bill and sit down quickly and write fifty.
7 Then to another he said, And you, how much do you owe? And he said, A hundred 1measures of wheat. He said to him, Take your bill and write eighty.
8 And the master praised the aunrighteous steward because he had acted 1prudently; for the 2sons of bthis age are more cprudent in their dealings with their own generation than the 3sons of dlight.
9 And I say to you, 1Make friends for yourselves by means of the mammon of 2unrighteousness, so that when it 3fails, they may receive you into the 4aeternal tabernacles.
10 He who is afaithful in the 1least is faithful also in 1much; and he who is unrighteous in the least is unrighteous also in much.
11 If therefore you have not become faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you what is 1true?
12 And if you have not become faithful in that which belongs to 1another, who will give to you that which is 2your own?
13 No household servant can 1serve atwo masters; for either he will hate the one and 2love the other, or he will 2hold to one and despise the other. You cannot 1serve God and 3mammon.