In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.
|SERMONS, ESSAYS AND OPINIONS||
Verse 16 of Luke 23 is part of the story that Jesus told to a crowd that included Pharisees to make the point that we only have this life on earth to make our decisions - and we should choose to follow God's way, otherwise we may end up as the rich man who ended up in hell, rather than the beggar named Lazarus who ended up in heaven.
Many Christians agree that Jesus is using figurative language to make a point and that the story is not physically a possibility - that is, there is no way to see up to heaven from hell, or vice-versa, and there is no way to speak those in heaven when in hell. Some Christians however do see this story as a literal possibility.
|Hebrew||ובהיותו במכאבות בשאול וישא את עיניו וירא את אברהם מרחוק ואת לעזר בחיקו׃|
|Greek||και εν τω αδη επαρας τους οφθαλμους αυτου υπαρχων εν βασανοις ορα αβρααμ απο μακροθεν και λαζαρον εν τοις κολποις αυτου|
|Latin||Elevans autem oculos suos, cum esset in tormentis, vidit Abraham a longe, et Lazarum in sinu ejus :|
|KJV||And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.|
|WEB||In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.|