Luke 12:16-21

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.
19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

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 12:16-21 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.
19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Jeremiah 17:11; Luke 11:40
  • 2. Job 27:8
  • 3. Psalms 39:6; Psalms 49:10
  • 4. ver 33
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