You're right Molly.
I'm reposting this for a member. With The Christian Bible, the translation is great, but personally, a lot of their [ ] commentary I can do without. Much of it is interesting and helpful however, and I think it's exciting how they nailed this one.
Luke 17:19 "Now there was a certain rich human [symbolic of Judaism], and
he was wearing a reddish-purple coat [symbolic of royalty] and fine linen
[symbolic of being just], having a good time day after day in a dazzling
manner. 20 Now a certain poor person [symbolic of the pagans] named
Lazarus ['God is my help'] had been thrown at his [the rich person's]
entryway, covered with open sores [symbolic of being spiritually unclean];
21 and he continually desired to be satisfied by the things [symbolic-of
spiritual favors] falling from the rich person's table, but even the wild
dogs [symbolic of paganism [Gentiles]
were coming and licking his open sores.
22 Now it occurred that the poor person died, and he was carried away
by the Messengers [symbolic of the ones spreading the Good Message about Yesu]
to Abraham's lap [symbolic as the father of the faithful]. Now the rich person
also died and was buried [Judaism died, the Law was no longer in power].
23 Then in the grave, he lifted up his eyes, while existing in tortures [the
Jews no longer had spiritual favors over the pagans [Gentiles]
, rather the Christians had the Pure
Spirit], and saw Abraham a distance away, and Lazarus on his lap. 24 So
he shouted out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send
Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue,
because I am in pain in this flame!' 25 Yet Abraham said, 'Child, you
must remember that you got your good things during your life [the time
period of the Law of Moses], and in the same way Lazarus got bad things! Yet
it is a fact that he is being encouraged here [by the Encourager, the Pure
Spirit], yet you are in pain [because Judaism had been deserted, since they deserted
God]. 26 Now in all these things, there has been solidly established a great
canyon between us and you [between faith in Yesu and Judaism], so that those
who want to cross over from here to you, can't do so; nor can those
there even go across to our side to us [Judaism didn't dissolve into Christianity,
but was destroyed by the Romans in 70A.D.].' 27 Yet he said, 'I ask you then,
father, to send him to my father's house; 28 for I have five brothers [the
other ten tribes of Israel], so that he might give testimony to them, so that
they won't also come to this place of torture.' 29 Yet Abraham says,
'They have Moses and the Prophets; they must hear them!' 30 Yet he
said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead [as
Yesu went to the Jews], they will change their thoughts and feelings.' 31 Yet
he said to him, 'If they aren't hearing Moses and the Prophets, neither
will they be persuaded if someone rises up from among the dead.' "