1And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was saying also to the talmidim, A certain oisher (rich man) had a sochen (steward, estate manager or agent), and the charge brought against him was that he was squandering the property of the oisher (rich man). 2And having called him, the oisher said to the sochen, What is this I hear about you? Submit to a bikoret beshbonot (audit) for that which is under your pekuddat (stewardship care), for you are no longer able to be sochen. 3And the sochen said to himself, What may I do, because Adoni takes away the pekuddat from me? I am not strong enough to dig, I am ashamed to beg. 4Oh! I have daas of what I may do, that when I am removed from the work of the sochen, they may receive me into their batim. 5And having summoned his Adon's debtors one by one, he was saying to the first, How much do you owe Adoni? 6And he said, One hundred jugs of olive oil. And the sochen said to him, Take your bill, sit down, quickly write fifty. 7Then to another he said, And you, how much do you owe? And he said, One hundred containers of wheat. He says to him, Take your bill and write eighty. 8And the Baal Bayit praised the unrighteous sochen because he acted with chochmah. Because the Bnei HaOlam HaZeh have more seichel in dealing with their own generation than the Bnei HaOhr. [Psa 17:14; 18:26] 9And I say to you, use the mammon (the wealth of the Olam HaZeh) to make for yourselves yedidim (friends, chaverim), so that when unrighteous mammon fails, they may welcome you into the mishkenot olam (eternal dwellings of the Olam HaBah). 10The one oisgehalten in little, also is neeman in much, and the one who is unrighteous in little, also in much is unrighteous. 11If, then, you were not ne'eman with unrighteous mammon, who will entrust you with hon emes ? 12And if you were not neeman with that which belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No eved is able to serve two adonim; for either he will have sinah (hatred) toward the one and he will have ahavah (love) toward the other, or one he will be devoted to and the other he will despise. Your avodas service cannot be for both Hashem and Mammon. 14And the Perushim, who were ohavei kesef (lovers of money), heard all this and they made leitzonus (fun) of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach. 15And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to them, You are the ones who in the sight of Bnei Adam credit yourself as being yitzdak im Hashem (justified with G-d, IYOV 25:4), but Hashem has daas (knowledge) of your levavot. Because the thing highly esteemed among Bnei Adam is a to'eva (abomination) before Hashem. 16The Torah and the Neviim were proclaimed until Yochanan; since then it is the Malchut Hashem that is being preached as Besuras HaGeulah, and anyone entering it must strive to do so. 17But it is easier for HaShomayim and HaAretz to pass away than for one tag (ornamental flourish) of the Torah to fail. 18Anyone giving the get to his isha and taking another wife commits ni'uf (adultery), and the one marrying a gerusha (divorcee) commits ni'uf (adultery). 19Now there was a certain oisher (rich man). He was dressed in purple and fine linen, and yom yom (daily) he feasted sumptuosly and every day for him was to make a simcha. [YECHEZKEL 16:49] 20And there was a certain ish oni (poor man) covered with sores, Elazar by name, who had been laid at the oisher's sha'ar (gate). 21And the ish oni Elazar longed to fill his mogen (stomach) with what fell from the oisher's tish. But even the kelevim (dogs) were coming and licking the sores of the ish oni (poor man). 22And it came to pass that Elazar died, and he was carried away by the malachim to the tish at the kheyk (bosom) of Avraham Avinu. And then the oisher (rich man) died also, and he was buried. 23And lifting up his eynayim in Sheol, where he was in the torments of agony, he sees Avraham Avinu off in the distance and Elazar at tish at his kheyk (bosom). 24And he called, Avraham Avinu! Chaneni na and send Elazar that he may dip the tip of his finger into the mayim and cool my tongue, because I am in torment in this moked (fire). [YESHAYAH 66:24] 25But Avraham Avinu said, Beni, have zikaron (recollection) that you received your tov in the span of your days, and Elazar likewise received the ra'ah. But now he is given nechamah (comfort) here, but you, yisurim (sufferings, torments). [TEHILLIM 17:14] 26And, in addition to all these things, there has been fixed between us and you a tehom gedolah (a great abyss, chasm), so that the ones wishing to come over from here to you are not able, neither from there to us may they cross over. 27And the oisher said, I ask you then, Avraham Avinu, that you may send Elazar to the bais of Avi, 28for I have chamesh achim (five brothers) that he may warn them, lest also they may come to this place of yisurim (torments). 29But Avraham Avinu says, They have Moshe Rabbeinu and the Neviim. Let them listen to them. 30But the oisher said, Lo (no), Avraham Avinu, but if someone from the Mesim should go to them, they will make teshuva. 31But Avraham said to him, If Moshe Rabbeinu and the Neviim they do not listen to, neither if someone should make his Techiyah from the Mesim should they be persuaded.
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