“A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said,
‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another the steward said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’
The steward said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
“For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light.
I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.]
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon.”]
Image: Duck Harbor Beach, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photo by the author.
 There is some dispute where the parable ends and the added proverbs begin. (See, Raymond Brown. An Introduction to the New Testament, pp 249-250) I think there are two and I’ve set them off with box brackets.