Luke 16:3
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English Standard Version
And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.

King James Bible
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

American Standard Version
And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the steward said within himself: What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed.

English Revised Version
And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.

Weymouth New Testament
"Then the steward said within himself, "'What am I to do? For my master is taking away the stewardship from me. I am not strong enough for field labour: to beg, I should be ashamed.

Luke 16:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Taketh away

Or is taking away. He was not yet dispossessed, as is shown by what follows.

I cannot (οὐκ ἰσχύω)

See on Luke 14:30. "I have not strength." His luxurious life had unfitted him for hard labor. In Aristophanes ("Birds," 1431), a sycophant is asked: "Tell me, being a young man, do you lodge informations against strangers?" He replies: "Yes; why should I suffer, for I know not how to dig ?"

To beg (ἐπαιτεῖν)

See on besought, Matthew 15:23.

Luke 16:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

said.

Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Esther 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?...

What.

Luke 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Isaiah 10:3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help?...

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so...

Hosea 9:5 What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the city...

I cannot.

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 21:25,26 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor...

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding...

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets...

Proverbs 27:23-27 Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds...

Proverbs 29:21 He that delicately brings up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

to beg.

Luke 16:20,22 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores...

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus...

John 9:8 The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful...

Cross References
Matthew 20:8
And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.'

Luke 16:2
And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'

Luke 16:4
I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.'

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