16:1But he used-to-say also towards the learning-disciples, “Some man used-to-be wealthy who used-to-have a steward and this-person was devilishly-accused to him as scattering the-things beginning-from him throughout; 2and having sounded (to) him he said to him, ‘Why do I hear this concerning you? You must give-away the word of your stewardship for you are not able yet to steward.’ .3But the steward said in himself, ‘What may I do because my lord takes-away the stewardship from me? I am not strong to dig, I am caused-shame to beg. .4I knew what I may do in order that whenever I may be-caused-to change-the-standing-place out-from the stewardship they may accept me into their houses.’ .5And having called-towards-himself one each of the debtors of the lord of himself he used-to-say to the first, ‘How-much do you owe my lord?’ .6And the (debtor) said, ‘A hundred baths of olive-oil.’ But the (steward) said to him, ‘You must accept your writings and having sat-down quickly you must write fifty.’ .7Next he said to a different-person, ‘But how-much do you owe?’ And the (debtor) said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He says to him, ‘You must accept your writings and you must write eighty.’ .8And the lord spoke-praise-upon the steward of the unrighteousness because he did thoughtfully because the sons of this age are more-thoughtful over the sons of the light into the generation, the (generation) of themselves. .9And I say to you, you must make friends to yourselves out-from the mammon of the unrighteousness in order that whenever it may fail they may accept you into the agelong tents. .10The believer in least is also a believer in much, and the unrighteous-person in least is also unrighteous in much; .11therefore if you did not become believers in the unrighteous mammon, who will trust the true-thing to you? .12And if you did not become believers in the other’s, who will give to you yours? .13Not-one household-servant is able to serve-as-a-slave to two lords, for either he will hate the one and he will love1 the different-one, or he will hold-fast-to one and he will despise the different-one. You are not able to serve-as-slaves to God and to mammon.”
During that past time, historically, Jesus was saying also towards his learning-disciples (students), “A certain man (member of mankind, human-being) was continuing to be wealthy (rich) who had a steward (a house-manager, an administrator of his household-matters)…
- and this steward was devilishly-accused (accused of behaving in a manner that is on a par with the devil throwing, casting things through people, like stabbing a person from outside through the person and out the other side with an accusation, slander, etc)
- to the wealthy man (for whom the steward worked)
- as that the steward is scattering the-things beginning-from him throughout (thoroughly scattering the man’s belongings, actively dispersing the things in the man’s physical domain, his possessions throughout different areas away from that man);
…and having sounded to him (used his voice summoning the steward) he said to him, ‘Why (for what reason) am I hearing this about you? It is imperative that you give-away the word (pay-back a spoken account that is due or obligated) pertaining to your stewardship (your duty of house-management, your administration of household matters) for you are not able yet/still to steward (you no longer have the ability, the capability to perform the duty of a steward).’
But the steward said within himself (not to his lord, after he knew that his lord knew about his bad behavior and was taking his stewardship back from him but that he needed to give his lord a word pertaining to his stewardship)…
- ‘What should I do (perform) because my lord takes-away the stewardship from me (my master removes it from me, deprives me of it)?
- I am not strong to dig (I don’t have the inherent physical strength to scoop, delve into the ground, excavate so as to work in the construction of buildings or taking care of plants in a vineyard),
- I am caused-shame to beg (caused to have the feeling or emotion of disgrace and guilt bringing reproach having recognized and being sorry for the performance of an improper, ignominious or dishonorable deed from God’s point of view; I am made to feel shame before others if I were to perform the action of begging, asking people for things again and again, constantly asking them on top of what I would previously ask from them).
- I personally knew what I should do (perform) for the purpose and result that at whatever time that I would be caused to change the standing place out-from the stewardship (I would be removed from my current position, changed or transferred from my stewardship in this house to another location)
- they would accept me (not my current lord, but other people would welcome me, subjectively-receive or willingly take me being presented to them)
- into their houses (their habitations, homes, dwellings with their household of people).’
[Note: verbs with a superscript 2 (2) immediately following them indicate the “perfect” tense – details are provided in the “Relevant Notes” link of this study.]