"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores
Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores
the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,
In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus
by his side.
"The rich man shouted,
'Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in
anguish in these flames.
But 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
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that
those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
"Then the rich man said, 'Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father's home
for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this
place of torment.'
"But Abraham said, 'Moses
and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.
"The rich man replied, 'No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent
of their sins and turn to God.
"But Abraham said, 'If
they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't listen even if someone rises from the dead.'