Luke 16:11

New Testament

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.”

Didache 4:8


6 Give a portion of what you've earned with your hands as a ransom for your sins. 7 Don't hesitate to give, nor complain when you do, for you'll know who rewards you well. 8 Don't turn away those in need, but share everything with your family, and don't claim it as your own. If you share in what is eternal, how much more should you share in what is perishable? 9 Don't withhold correction from your son or daughter, but teach them to respect God from a young age. 10 Don't treat your slaves harshly out of anger, especially if they believe in the same God, lest they lose fear of the God who oversees you both. God doesn't show favoritism, but calls those prepared by the Spirit.

 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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