The Poor Rich Man and the Rich Poor Man
Parables Bible Story for Children
Luke xvi: 1 to 31,
to xviii: 1 to 34;
Matthew xix: 13 to 30; xx: 17 to
Mark x: 13 to 34.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
parable that Jesus gave was that of "The Rich Man
and Lazarus." He said,
"There was a rich man; and he was dressed in
garments of purple and fine linen, living every day
in splendor. And at the gate leading to his house
was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores,
and seeking for his food the crumbs that fell from
the rich man's table. Even the dogs of the street
came and licked his sores.
"After a time the beggar died, and his soul was
carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich
man also died, and his body was buried. And in the
world of the dead he lifted up his eyes, being in
misery; and far away he saw Abraham, and Lazarus
resting in his bosom. And he cried out 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 suffering in this flame!'
"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you had your
good things in your lifetime, and that Lazarus had
his evil things; but now here he is comforted and
you are in sufferings. And besides all this, between
us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that no
one may cross over from us to you, and none can come
from your place to us.'
"And he said, 'I pray, O father Abraham, if Lazarus
cannot come to me, command that he be sent to my
father's house, for I have five brothers, and let
him speak to them, so that they will not come to
this place of torment.'
"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the
prophets; let them hear them!'
"And he said, 'O father Abraham, if one should go to
them from the dead, they will turn to God.'
"And Abraham said, 'If they will not hear Moses and
the prophets, they will not believe, even though one
should rise from the dead!' "
And this was true, for as the people would not
listen to the words of Moses and the prophets about
Christ, they would not believe, even after Jesus
himself arose from the dead. There was another
parable of Jesus, called "The Unjust Steward."
The Unjust Steward
"A certain rich man had a steward, a man who took
the care of all his possessions. He heard that his
steward was wasting his property; and he sent for
him, and said, 'What is this that I hear about you?
You shall soon give up your place, and be my steward
"Then the steward said to himself, 'In a few days I
shall lose my place; and what shall I do? I cannot
work in the fields, and I am ashamed to go begging
from door to door. But I have thought of a plan that
will give me friends, so that when I am put out of
my place, some people will take me into their
houses, because of what I have done for them.'
"And this was his plan. He sent for the men who were
in debt to his master, and said to the first one,
'How much do you owe to my master?'
"The man said, 'I owe him a thousand gallons of
"Then said the steward, 'You need only pay five
hundred gallons.' Then to another he said, 'How much
do you owe?'
"The man answered, 'I owe fifteen hundred bushels of
wheat.' And the steward said to him, 'You need pay
only twelve hundred bushels.'
"When his master heard of this which his steward had
done, he said, 'That is a sharp, shrewd man, who
takes care of himself.' "
And Jesus said, "Be as earnest and as thoughtful for
the eternal life as men are for this present life."
Jesus did not approve the actions of this unjust
steward, but he told his disciples to learn some
good lessons even from his wrong deeds.
The Unjust Judge
Jesus spoke another parable to show that people
should pray always, and not be discouraged. It was
the parable of "The Unjust Judge and the Widow."
"There was in a city a judge who did not fear God,
nor seek to do right; nor did he care for man. And
there was a poor widow in that city who had suffered
wrong. She came to him over and over again, crying
out, 'Do justice for me against my enemy who has
done me wrong!'
"And for a time the judge, because he did not care
for the right, would do nothing. But as the widow
kept on crying, at last he said to himself, 'Even
though I do not fear God nor care for man, yet
because this widow troubles me and will not be
still, I will give her justice, or else she will
wear me out by her continual crying.'
And the Lord said, "Hear what this unjust judge
says! And will not a just God do right for his own
who cry to him by day and night, even though he may
seem to wait long? I tell you that he will answer
their prayer, and will answer it soon!"
and the Publican
And Jesus spoke another parable to some who thought
that they were righteous and holy, and set others at
nought. This was the parable of "The Pharisee and
"Two men went up into the Temple to pray, the one a
Pharisee, the other a publican. The Pharisee stood
and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank thee
that I am not as other men are. I do not rob, I do
not deal unjustly. I am free from wickedness. I am
not even like this publican. I fast twice in each
week. I give to God one-tenth of all that I have.'
But the publican standing afar off, would not lift
up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but beat his
breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me, a sinner!'
"I say unto you," said Jesus, "this man went down to
his house having his sins forgiven rather than the
other. For every one that lifteth up himself shall
be brought low; and he that is humble shall be
Jesus and the Little Children
And at this time the mothers brought to Jesus their
little children, that he might lay his hands on them
and bless them. The disciples were not pleased at
this, and told them to take their children away. But
Jesus called them to him, and said, "Suffer the
little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Whoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little
child, he shall not enter into it." And he put his
hands on them and blessed them. And a certain young
man, a ruler, came running to Jesus, and said, "Good
Master, what shall I do that I may have everlasting
"Why do you call me good?" said Jesus. "No one is
good except one, that is God. You know the
commandments; keep them."
"What commandments?" asked the young man.
"Do not kill; do not commit adultery; do not steal;
do not bear false witness; honor thy father and
The young man said, "All these I have kept from my
youth up. What do I need more than these?"
"One thing more you need to do," said Jesus. "Go
sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and
you shall have treasure in heaven. Then come and
But when he heard this he turned and went away very
sad, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw this,
he said, "How hard it is for those that are rich to
enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a
rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
At this the disciples were filled with wonder. They
said, "If that be so, then who can be saved?"
And Jesus said, "The things that are impossible with
men are possible with God."
And Peter said, "Lord, we have left our homes and
all that we have, and have followed thee."
And Jesus answered him, "Verily, I say to you, there
is no man who has left house, or wife, or brothers,
or parents, or children, for the sake of the kingdom
of God, who shall not have given to him many more
times in this life, and in the world to come life
Then Jesus again told his twelve disciples of what
was soon to come to pass, even in a few weeks. He
said, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and there all
the things written by the prophets about the Son of
man shall come true. He shall be made a prisoner,
and shall be mocked, and treated shamefully, and
shall be spit upon, and beaten, and shall be killed;
and then the third day he shall rise again."
But they could not understand these things, and they
did not believe that their Master was to die.
Parables Bible Story