9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon31, so that when it runs out, you will be welcomed into the eternal homes. 10 “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? 12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
6 Of whatsoever thou hast gained by thy hands thou shalt give a ransom for thy sins. 7 Thou shalt not hesitate to give, nor shalt thou grumble when thou givest, for thou shalt know who is the good Paymaster of the reward. 8 Thou shalt not turn away the needy, but shalt share everything with thy brother, and shalt not say it is thine own, for if you are sharers in the imperishable, how much more in the things which perish? 9 Thou shalt not withhold thine hand from thy son or from thy daughter, but thou shalt teach them the fear of God from their youth up. 10 Thou shalt not command in thy bitterness thy slave or thine handmaid, who hope in the same God, lest they cease to fear the God who is over you both; for he comes not to call men with respect of persons, but those whom the Spirit has prepared.
Notes and References
"... as mentioned above, the 'property of unrighteousness' in Essene terminology refers to all property that is owned by those who are not members of the sect. This assumption is confirmed by the agreement between vv. 11a and 12a: the property belongs to 'another'. Having expressed a general principle in v. 10, Jesus then goes on to oppose the extreme sectarian attitude and asks his followers to remain trustworthy with the 'property of unrighteousness,' with the resources belonging to non-followers. Only thus will they be able to gain friends. The affinity between Luke 16:10-12 and the passage found in GTW 4:8 (and Rom 15:25-27) is obvious as illustrated by the following comparison ..."
Sandt, Hubertus W., and David Flusser The Didache: Its Jewish Sources and Its Place in Early Judaism and Christianity (p. 189) Royal Van Gorcum, 2002
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