The parable of the shrewd steward.

Luke 16.1-13.

Current mode: View.

Notes and quotes.

§ From Thomas 47:

ΠΕϪΕ Ι̅C̅ ϪΕ ΜΝ̅ϬΟΜ Ν̅ΤΕΟΥΡΩΜΕ ΤΕΛΟ ΑϨΤΟ CΝΑΥ Ν̅ϤϪΩΛΚ Μ̅ΠΙΤΕ CΝ̅ΤΕ ΑΥΩ ΜΝ̅ϬΟΜ Ν̅ΤΕΟΥϨΜϨ̅Α̅Λ̅ ϢΜ̅ϢΕϪΟΕΙC CΝΑΥ Η ϤΝΑΡ̅ΤΙΜΑ Μ̅ΠΟΥΑ ΑΥΩ ΠΚΕΟΥΑ ϤΝΑΡ̅ϨΥΒΡΙΖΕ Μ̅ΜΟϤ.

Jesus said: A man cannot mount two horses or stretch two bows. Nor can a servant serve two lords, or he will honor the one and despise the other.

§ 2 Clement 6.1:

Λεγει δε ο κυριος· Ουδεις οικετης δυναται δυσι κυριοις δουλευειν. εαν ημεις θελωμεν και θεω δουλευειν και μαμωνα, ασυμφορον ημιν εστιν.

But the Lord says: No houseservant can serve two lords. If we should wish to serve both God and mammon, it is unprofitable for us.

2 Clement 8.5-6:

Λεγει γαρ ο κυριος εν τω ευαγγελιω· Ει το μικρον ουκ ετηρησατε, το μεγα τις υμιν δωσει; λεγω γαρ υμιν οτι ο πιστος εν ελαχιστω και εν πολλω πιστος εστιν. αρα ουν τουτο λεγει· Τηρησατε την σαρκα αγνην και την σφραγιδα ασπιλον, ινα την αιωνιον ζωην απολαβωμεν.

For the Lord says in the gospel: If you did not keep the small thing, who will give you the great? For I say to you that he who is faithful in little is also faithful in much. He therefore says this: Keep the flesh chaste and the seal unstained, in order that we might receive eternal life.

§ From Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2.34.3:

Et ideo dominus dicebat ingratis exsistentibus in eum: Si in modico fideles non fuistis, quod magnum est quis dabit vobis?

And therefore the Lord said to those who exhibited themselves as ungrateful to him: If you were not faithful in a small thing, who will give you what is great?

In note 1 of page 354 of Ancient Christian Gospels Helmut Koester notes that this same saying is found in Hilary, Epistula seu libellus, chapter 1:

Si in modico fideles non fuistis, quod maius est quis dabit vobis?

If you were not faithful in a small thing, who will give you what is greater?

§ Tertullian, Against Marcion 4.33.4, writing of the gospel that Marcion used:

In nummo scilicet iniusto, non in creatore, quem et Marcion iustum facit: Et si in alieno fideles inventi non estis, meum quis dabit vobis?

He means in unjust money, not in the creator, whom even Marcion makes out to be just: And if you have not been found faithful in that which is of another, who will give you that which is mine?