(active c. 1420)

Parable of Dives and Lazarus

c. 1420
Musée de Cluny, Paris

Dives and Lazarus is a parable in the New Testament (Luke 16:19-31) that teaches that riches on earth have to 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 dogs would come and lick the sores that covered the poor man's body. In time, both died and the poor man was carried to 'Abraham's bosom'; the rich man descended to Hades where, in spite of his pleas to Abraham, he was condemned to remain.

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