( an adaptation taken from Luke 16:19-31 of the New Testament from The Holy Bible )
by Melineze Logan Hite
In Hell Lazarus lifted up his eyes, being in torments. He sees Father Abraham afar off and Lazarus, a beggar who used to lay at his gate.
The man cries out to Abraham and says, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am tormented in this flame."
"Remember that you in your lifetime receivedst good things, but Lazarus receivedst evil things. Now, he is comforted, and you are tormented," reminded Father Abraham.
The rich man on earth was clothed in purple and fine linen, and he fared sumptuously every day. Lazarus was fed with the crumbs which fell from his table. Lazarus was full of sores, and the dogs would come to lick his sores.
When the beggar died, he was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom; when the rich man died, he was buried.
Father Abraham explained, "Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed. No one can pass from here to you; neither can anyone pass to us from where you are."
The man begs Father Abraham, "I pray thee therefore, Father, that thou wouldest send Lazarus to my father's house where I have five brothers. Lazarus could testify unto them, so that they won't come unto this place of torment."
"They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them, " spoke Father Abraham.
"No!" said the man. "Father Abraham, if one went unto them from the dead, they would repent!"
"If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, even though one rose from the dead!" determined Father Abraham.
19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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