Parallel Verses

Amplified

And [his] master praised the dishonest (unjust) manager for acting shrewdly and prudently; for the sons of this age are shrewder and more prudent and wiser in [ relation to] their own generation [to their own age and kind] than are the sons of light.

New American Standard Bible

"And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.

King James Version

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Holman Bible

“The master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted astutely. For the sons of this age are more astute than the sons of light in dealing with their own people.

International Standard Version

The master praised the dishonest servant manager for being so clever, because worldly people are more clever than enlightened people in dealing with their own.

A Conservative Version

And his lord commended the unrighteous manager because he did shrewdly. Because the sons of this age are shrewder in their own generation than the sons of the light.

American Standard Version

And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.

An Understandable Version

So, his master commended the dishonest property manager for his shrewdness. For worldly people are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light [i.e., God's people].

Anderson New Testament

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he acted prudently. For the children of this age are more prudent toward their generation than the children of light.

Bible in Basic English

And his lord was pleased with the false servant, because he had been wise; for the sons of this world are wiser in relation to their generation than the sons of light.

Common New Testament

So the master commended the dishonest steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.

Daniel Mace New Testament

and this unfaithful steward was commended by his master for being so provident. for they who look to this world, manage their affairs with more prudence, than those who have a prospect of a better.

Darby Translation

And the lord praised the unrighteous steward because he had done prudently. For the sons of this world are, for their own generation, more prudent than the sons of light.

Godbey New Testament

And the lord praised the steward of unrighteousness because he acted shrewdly: because the sons of this age are wiser in their generation than the sons of the light.

Goodspeed New Testament

And his master praised the dishonest manager, because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are shrewder in their relation to their own age than the sons of the light.

John Wesley New Testament

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely; for the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done discreetly; for the sons of this age are in their generation more prudent than the sons of light.

Julia Smith Translation

And the Lord praised the steward of injustice, because he did wisely: for the sons of this life are wiser than the children of light in their generation.

King James 2000

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And the master praised the dishonest manager, because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are shrewder than the sons of light with regard to their own generation.

Modern King James verseion

And the unjust steward's lord commended him because he had done wisely. For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely. For the children of this world, are in their kind, wiser than the children of light.

Moffatt New Testament

Well, the master praised the dishonest factor for looking ahead; for the children of this world look further ahead in dealing with their own generation than the children of Light.

Montgomery New Testament

"And the master praised the unjust steward because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this world are in relation to their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.

NET Bible

The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light.

New Heart English Bible

"His lord commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness, for the sons of this world are, in their own generation, more shrewd than the sons of light.

Noyes New Testament

And the lord commended the unjust steward for having done wisely; for the sons of this world are wiser toward their generation than the sons of light.

Sawyer New Testament

And the lord praised the unjust steward, because he did wisely; for the children of this life are wiser, for their generation, than the children of light.

The Emphasized Bible

And the lord praised the unrighteous steward, in that with forethought he acted: - Because, the sons of this age, have more forethought than the sons of light, respecting their own generation.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

And the master praised the unjust steward, because he had acted providently: for the children of this world are more provident among their own generation of men, than the children of light.

Twentieth Century New Testament

His master complimented this dishonest steward on the shrewdness of his action. And indeed men of the world are shrewder in dealing with their fellow-men than those who have the Light.

Webster

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Weymouth New Testament

"And the master praised the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for, in relation to their own contemporaries, the men of this age are shrewder than the sons of Light.

Williams New Testament

And his master praised the dishonest manager, because he acted with shrewd business sense, for the men of the world act with more business sense toward their fellows than the men who enjoy spiritual light.

World English Bible

"His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.

Worrell New Testament

And the lord praised the steward of unrighteousness, because he acted prudently; because the sons of this age are more prudent toward their own generation, than the sons of light.

Worsley New Testament

And his master commended the dishonest steward as having acted prudently: for the men of this world are as to their affairs wiser than the children of light.

Youngs Literal Translation

'And the lord commended the unrighteous steward that he did prudently, because the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of the light, in respect to their generation.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

the lord
κύριος 
Kurios 
Usage: 643

ἐπαινέω 
Epaineo 
Usage: 5

the unjust
G93
ἀδικία 
Adikia 
Usage: 20

οἰκονόμος 
Oikonomos 
Usage: 6

ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

he had done
ποιέω 
Poieo 
do, make, bring forth, commit, cause, work, show, bear, keep, fulfil, deal, perform, not tr, , vr do
Usage: 372

φρονίμως 
Phronimos 
Usage: 0

for
ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

the children
υἱός 
Huios 
υἱός 
Huios 
Usage: 213
Usage: 213

of this
τούτου 
Toutou 
Usage: 53

αἰών 
Aion 
Usage: 101

are
εἰσί 
Eisi 
are, be, were, have, not tr,
Usage: 97

in
εἰς 
Eis 
into, to, unto, for, in, on, toward, against,
Usage: 1267

ἑαυτοῦ 
heautou 
Usage: 249

γενεά 
Genea 
Usage: 17

φρόνιμος 
Phronimos 
Usage: 5

ὑπέρ 
Huper 
Usage: 138

References

American

Easton

Context Readings

The Parable Of The Dishonest Manager

7 After that he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 bushels] of wheat. He said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and write eighty [about 700 bushels]. 8 And [his] master praised the dishonest (unjust) manager for acting shrewdly and prudently; for the sons of this age are shrewder and more prudent and wiser in [ relation to] their own generation [to their own age and kind] than are the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon ( deceitful riches, money, possessions), so that when it fails, they [those you have favored] may receive and welcome you into the everlasting habitations (dwellings).


Cross References

John 12:36

While you have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light. Jesus said these things, and then He went away and hid Himself from them [was lost to their view].

Ephesians 5:8

For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

1 Thessalonians 5:5

For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness.

Luke 20:34

And Jesus said to them, The people of this world and present age marry and are given in marriage;

Psalm 17:14

From men by Your hand, O Lord, from men of this world [these poor moths of the night] whose portion in life is idle and vain. Their bellies are filled with Your hidden treasure [what You have stored up]; their children are satiated, and they leave the rest [of their] wealth to their babes.

Genesis 3:1

Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?

Exodus 1:10

Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply more and, should war befall us, they join our enemies, fight against us, and escape out of the land.

2 Samuel 13:3

But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother; and Jonadab was a very crafty man.

2 Kings 10:19

So call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his worshipers, and all his priests. Let none be missing, for I have a great sacrifice to make to Baal; whoever is missing shall not live. But Jehu did it with trickery, intending to destroy the Baal worshipers.

Psalm 49:10-19

For he sees that even wise men die; the [self-confident] fool and the stupid alike perish and leave their wealth to others.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise! -- "

Matthew 17:26

And when Peter said, From other people not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.

Luke 16:4

I have come to know what I will do, so that they [my master's debtors] may accept and welcome me into their houses when I am put out of the management.

Luke 16:10

He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.

Luke 18:6

Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says!

1 Corinthians 3:18

Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise.

Philippians 3:19

They are doomed and their fate is eternal misery (perdition); their god is their stomach (their appetites, their sensuality) and they glory in their shame, siding with earthly things and being of their party.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God's] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 John 3:10

By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God's will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow believer in Christ).

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