Dives and Lazarus

Leandro Bassano, Dives and Lazarus, circa 1595. Oil on canvas, private collection.

Dives and Lazarus illustrates the parable in Luke 16:19-31 that teaches that riches on earth will be paid for in eternity while the poor will enjoy their reward in heaven. There was a rich man (Latin: dives) who dressed in fine clothes and feasted every day while a poor man, Lazarus, lay at his gate starving. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died. From Hades, where he was being tormented, the rich man looked up and saw Abraham with Lazarus by his side. He asks Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his family to repent but Abraham replied that if they do not believe Moses and the prophets, they wouldn’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

Leandro Bassano, Dives and Lazarus, circa 1595.

Luke 16:19-31

The Rich Man and Lazarus
19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.20And at his gate lay a poor man ... View more

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