“Lazarus and the Rich Man”


The singer urges all people to listen as he relates how Lazarus suffered and the rich man ignored him. Indeed, the rich man enjoyed Lazarus's sufferings. Now the rich man is in torment; the listeners are urged to turn to God


Jesus's story of the rich man and Lazarus is found in Luke 16:19-31 (the Lazarus of John 11, 12 is unrelated).

It's worth remembering that this is not something that actually happened in the Bible; rather, it is a story Jesus told as a warning. Thus this is a warning about a warning. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Dives and Lazarus" [Child 56] (subject) and references there
  • cf. "The Rich Man and the Poor Man" (theme)


  1. Randolph 661, "Lazarus and the Rich Man" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7582
  3. BI, R661


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)