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Luke 16:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

And his [a]master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own [b]kind than the sons of light.

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  1. Luke 16:8 Or lord
  2. Luke 16:8 Lit generation
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Luke 16:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And his master commended the unjust manager [not for his misdeeds, but] because he had acted shrewdly [by preparing for his future unemployment]; for the sons of this age [the non-believers] are shrewder in relation to their own kind [that is, to the ways of the secular world] than are the sons of light [the believers].

Amplified Bible (AMP)

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Luke 16:8-9 The Message (MSG)

8-9 “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”

The Message (MSG)

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