Luke 12:16

16 And he told them a parable, saying, 1"The land of a rich man produced plentifully,

Luke 12:16 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:16

And he spake a parable unto them, saying
He supposed the following case, and made use of it by way of illustration of what he had said:

the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully;
who notwithstanding his riches, was but a fool, as the sequel shows; rich men are not always wise in things natural and civil; and very few of them are spiritually wise, or wise in spiritual things, in things which relate to the welfare of their souls; but however, this man was very prosperous in his worldly affairs, as a man of a small share of common sense may be, and wicked men often are: the word translated "ground", signifies a "region", or "country", which expresses the more, the riches of this man, that he had not a common and ordinary farm, but a whole country as it were; at least a very large part of one, and all this fruitful.

Luke 12:16 In-Context

14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
15 And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
17 and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'
18 And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

Cross References 1

  • 1. [Psalms 49:16-20]
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