From men with Your hand, O Lord, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes.
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.
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
“The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.
“Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this,
“Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?
“For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?
“Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
“Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
“Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.
For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
“ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’
And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—
And He was saying to them, “ You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.