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And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

16:8 wisely. It is obvious that the Lord’s commendation of the unjust steward was not for his dishonesty but for his practical wisdom in using his personal means to provide for his earthly future. As Jesus said, it is commonly true that men of this world exhibit more acumen in such matters than Christians do.

16:9 mammon of unrighteousness. Mammon was an Aramaic term meaning “wealth” or “money.” As “the love of money is the root of all evil” (I Timothy 6:10), mammon can easily become “the mammon of unrighteousness.” As the Lord says (Luke 16:13): “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Nevertheless, He exhorts the “children of light” to make friends with this mammon of unrighteousness. That is, we should use it for spiritual purposes that will make eternal friends.

16:9 everlasting habitations. As the unjust steward was using mammon to assure his own future earthly habitation, so the believer can use whatever wealth (or other gifts he may have) to win others to forgiveness in Christ. Then, when his own life “fails,” he will find many friends waiting for him in “everlasting habitations” in heaven.

16:10 faithful also in much. The context indicates that the Lord is stressing here the vital importance of faithfulness in the use of our money. This will be a measure of our faithfulness in other matters. As the next verse says, this will determine whether He will commit to our trust “the true riches” in the age to come.

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