A Proverbial Story

I was reading the scriptures and noticed an interesting connection between the Book of Proverbs and the Gospel of Luke. Here’s a proverbial retelling of the story of the rich man and Lazarus in propositional form:


A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin. (Proverbs 10:15 cp Luke 16:19-20)

The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it. (Pro. 10:22 cp Luke 16:19)

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death. (Pro. 11:4 cp Luke 16:22, 24)

Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. (Pro. 14:21 cp Luke 16:22)

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Pro. 14:31 cp Luke 16:22, 25)

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed. (Pro. 19:17 cp Luke 16:21, 24-25)

The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly. (Pro. 18:23 cp Luke 16:21, 24, 27)

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered. (Pro. 21:13 co Luke 16:26)

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. (Pro. 28:6 cp Luke 16:25)

Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. (Pro. 28:27 cp Luke 16:24-26)

A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. (Pro. 29:7 cp Luke 16:19, 24)

The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. (Pro. 29:13 cp Luke 16:25-26)

Every word of God proves true;
  he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
  lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. (Pro. 30:5-6 cp Luke 16:29-31)

Give me neither poverty nor riches;

feed me with the food that is needful for me. (Pro. 30:8)

Gospel of Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’

29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”