Lazarus, the Beggar Man


Luke 16:19-31


Lazarus was a poor beggar man. He could not work and earn money to buy food because he was crippled and could not walk a step. He was suffering, too, from painful sores that would not heal. 

Lazarus' friends were poor also, very poor indeed. They could not care for him. So one day they carried him to the gate of a rich man who lived near by and left him there to beg for something to eat. 

The rich man knew that Lazarus was just outside his gate, needing food and kind treatment. Yet he did not try to help. He turned away, pretending not to see the poor, sick beggar when he passed that way. He did not care whether Lazarus even got the crumbs of food for which he asked. 

Soon some hungry dogs, looking for crumbs, came trotting down the road. They saw Lazarus and stopped to look at him. Then they came near and licked his painful sores. Not long afterwards Lazarus died. Angels came to carry him away to the beautiful place called heaven. There he will never be hungry, sick, or unhappy. 

By and by the rich man died, too. But the angels did not come to carry him to heaven. They paid no attention to him at all because he had not been kind to others while he lived.


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