16:24 So 1 he called out, 2 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 3 to dip the tip of his finger 4 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 5 in this fire.’ 6 16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 7 remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 8 16:26 Besides all this, 9 a great chasm 10 has been fixed between us, 11 so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’
[16:24] 3 sn The rich man had not helped Lazarus before, when he lay outside his gate (v. 2), but he knew him well enough to know his name. This is why the use of the name Lazarus in the parable is significant. (The rich man’s name, on the other hand, is not mentioned, because it is not significant for the point of the story.)
[16:24] 4 sn The dipping of the tip of his finger in water is evocative of thirst. The thirsty are in need of God’s presence (Ps 42:1-2; Isa 5:13). The imagery suggests the rich man is now separated from the presence of God.