Gospel of Luke Wealth Quotes
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There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. […] The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. (NRSV 16:19, 22-23)
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: […] the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV 16:19, 22-23)
After death, there's a kind of otherworldly swap-a-roo of the rich and poor that reflects the principle stated in 13:30: "Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. (NRSV 18:22-23)
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. (KJV 18:22-23)
The rich ruler knows at least five of the ten commandments (18:20), but it's not enough for Jesus, who throws this additional requirement at him. That's what it's going to take to live forever.
How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" He replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." (NRSV 18:24-27)
How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (KJV 18:24-27)
Ouch. Jesus is flat-out slamming the door of heaven right in the face of the wealthy. But he's not happy about it, and he at least holds out the possibility that the impossible can happen—at least with God's help.