JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATION
LUKE 16: 16-23
Jesus provided the context for the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. (compare Luke 16: 16-18
And they said unto him, We have the law, and the prophets; but as for this man we will not receive him to be our ruler; for he maketh himself to be a judge over us.
Then said Jesus unto them, The law and the prophets testify of me; yea, and all the prophets who have written, even until John, have foretold of these days.
Since that time, the kingdom of God is preached, and every man who seeketh truth presseth into it.
And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than for one tittle of the law to fail.
And why teach ye the law, and deny that which is written; and condemn him whom the Father hath sent to fulfil the law, that ye might all be redeemed?
O fools! for you have said in your hearts, There is no God. And you pervert the right way; and the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence of you; and you persecute the meek; and in your violence you seek to destroy the kingdom; and ye take the children of the kingdom by force. Woe unto you, ye adulterers!
And they reviled him again, being angry for the saying, that they were adulterers.
But he continued, saying, Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery; and whosoever marrieth her who is put away from her husband, committeth adultery. Verily I say unto you, I will liken you unto the rich man.