Luke 12:13-34

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 1Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14 But he said to him, 2"Man, 3who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
15 And he said to them, 4"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, 5"The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
17 and he thought to himself, 6'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 7barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up 8for many years; relax, 9eat, drink, be merry.'
20 But God said to him, 10'Fool! 11This night 12your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, 13whose will they be?'
21 So is the one 14who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, 15"Therefore I tell you, 16do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 17Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. 18Of how much more value are you than the birds!
25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his 19span of life?[a]
26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you, 20even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, 21O you of little faith!
29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor 22be worried.
30 For 23all the nations of the world seek after these things, and 24your Father knows that you need them.
31 Instead, 25seek 26his[c] kingdom, 27and these things will be added to you.
32 28"Fear not, little 29flock, for 30it is your Father's good pleasure to give you 31the kingdom.
33 32Sell your possessions, and 33give to the needy. 34Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with 35a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34 36For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Luke 12:13-34 In-Context

11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
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.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'
20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."
22 And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.
30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 "Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,
36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.

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Cross References 36

  • 1. Luke 11:27
  • 2. Micah 6:8; Romans 2:1, 3; Romans 9:20
  • 3. [Exodus 2:14; Acts 7:27]
  • 4. 1 Timothy 6:6-11; [Hebrews 13:5]
  • 5. [Psalms 49:16-20]
  • 6. [Ecclesiastes 5:10]
  • 7. ver. 24
  • 8. [Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-15]
  • 9. Ecclesiastes 2:24; Ecclesiastes 11:9; 1 Corinthians 15:32; [Luke 15:23]
  • 10. Jeremiah 17:11; [Matthew 16:26]
  • 11. [See ver. 19 above]
  • 12. Job 27:8
  • 13. Psalms 39:6; [Job 27:17-22; Ecclesiastes 2:18, 21]
  • 14. Matthew 6:19, 20
  • 15. For ver. 22-31, see Matthew 6:25-33
  • 16. ver. 11; Luke 10:41; Matthew 10:19; Matthew 13:22(Gk.); 1 Corinthians 7:32(Gk.); Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7
  • 17. [Job 38:41; Psalms 147:9]
  • 18. See ver. 7
  • 19. Luke 2:52(Gk.)
  • 20. 1 Kings 10:4-7
  • 21. Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:31; Matthew 16:8; [Luke 17:6]
  • 22. [James 1:6]
  • 23. Matthew 6:8
  • 24. Matthew 6:8
  • 25. [Matthew 5:6, 20]
  • 26. Luke 11:2
  • 27. [1 Kings 3:11-14; Mark 10:29, 30; 1 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 3:9]
  • 28. Isaiah 41:14; Isaiah 44:2
  • 29. Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 26:31; John 10:16; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28, 29; 1 Peter 5:2, 3
  • 30. [Luke 10:21; Matthew 11:26; Ephesians 1:5, 9; Philippians 2:13]
  • 31. Luke 22:29; See Matthew 13:19
  • 32. See Matthew 19:21
  • 33. Luke 11:41
  • 34. [Luke 16:9]
  • 35. Matthew 6:20; [ver. 21; 1 Peter 1:4]
  • 36. Matthew 6:21

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  • [b]. Some manuscripts Consider the lilies; they neither spin nor weave
  • [c]. Some manuscripts God's