Luke 12:16

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.

Luke 12:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying,The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
ESV
16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
NLT
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.
MSG
16 Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop.
CSB
16 Then He told them a parable: "A rich man's land was very productive.

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 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.
17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.