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TheBiblestory of Lazarus and the rich man is a well-known parable of Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke. Told in chapter 16 of Luke, Jesus shares the story of a notably wealthy man, also known as a dive, who lived a life of extravagant luxury. Laying outside the entrance of this rich mans house, though, was an exceptionally unfortunate man called Lazarus who only hoped to eat what fell from the rich mans table.   The rich man was very unsympathetic to the dilemma of Lazarus, offering him no love, help, or compassion. In time, they both met their mortal ends and passed on to the afterlife.

Lazarus was welcomed into heaven, while the rich man was condemned to hell. Pleading to Father Abraham in heaven, the rich man asked that Lazarus come down from heaven to cool his tongue with a drop of water to reduce his agony in this fire. The rich man additionally requested Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth as a warning to his brothers to atone for their sins, however, both requests were refused. Abraham told the rich man that if his brothers did not believe in Scripture, neither would they believe Lazarus, even if he came directly from heaven. This Bible story is a great and powerful reminder that we will pay for our sins on earth when we finally decease, therefore we should love and care for our fellow mankind.

Read the full scripture text of Lazarus and the rich man below and find articles, videos, and sermons related to this compelling Bible story.

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores

and longing to eat what fell from the rich mans table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abrahams side. The rich man also died and was buried.

In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

So he called to him, Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.

But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.

He answered, Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,

for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.

Abraham replied, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.

No, father Abraham, he said, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.

He said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

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