Luke 16:19-31 - The Rich Man And Lazarus

19 "Now there was a certain rich man who was dressed in purple [clothing] and soft linen [garments] and who lived every day in pleasure and luxury. 20 And a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was full of sores, was laid at the rich man's doorway. 21 He longed to be fed with scraps that fell from the rich man's table and even dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it happened that the beggar died and [his spirit] was carried away by angels to a place close to Abraham. And the rich man also died and [his body] was buried. 23 And in the unseen place of departed spirits the rich man, who was being tormented, looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus close beside him. 24 And he shouted out, 'Forefather Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus [to me], so he can dip the tip of his finger in water [and touch] my tongue to cool it, because I am in agony in these flames.'

25 But Abraham said [to him], 'Son, remember how you enjoyed good things when you were alive [on earth] and how Lazarus had to put up with bad things? But now here [i.e., in the unseen place of departed spirits] he is being comforted and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, there is a huge chasm situated between us and you so that those who wanted to go from here to there [where you are] cannot do it. And no one can cross over from there to us [over here].'

27 Then the rich man said, 'I beg you therefore, forefather [Abraham], that you would send Lazarus to my father's house, 28 where I have five brothers. Then he could warn them so that they will not [have to] come to this [terrible] place of torment also.'

29 But Abraham said, 'They have [the writings of] Moses and the prophets; let them pay attention to them.'

30 Then the rich man said, 'No, forefather Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, [then] they will repent [i.e., change their hearts and lives].'

31 And Abraham replied, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded [even] if someone rises from the dead [i.e., to come back and warn them].'"