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)
but righteousness delivers from death. (Pro. 11:4 cp Luke 16:22, 24)
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. (Pro. 14:21 cp Luke 16:22)
but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Pro. 14:31 cp Luke 16:22, 25)
and he will repay him for his deed. (Pro. 19:17 cp Luke 16:21, 24-25)
will himself call out and not be answered. (Pro. 21:13 co Luke 16:26)
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways. (Pro. 28:6 cp Luke 16:25)
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. (Pro. 28:27 cp Luke 16:24-26)
a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. (Pro. 29:7 cp Luke 16:19, 24)
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. (Pro. 29:13 cp Luke 16:25-26)
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)
feed me with the food that is needful for me. (Pro. 30:8)
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.’”