Luke 16:12

And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if ye haue not bene faithful in that which is another mans, who shall giue you that which is your owne?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And if you have not been faithful in {the use of} that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if you have not been true in your care of the property of other people, who will give you that which is yours?
- Basic English Bible

and if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who shall give to you your own?
- Darby Bible

And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who will give you that which is your own?
- Webster's Bible

And if you have not been faithful in dealing with that which is not your own, who will give you that which is your own?
- Weymouth Bible

If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
- World English Bible

And if ye weren not trewe in othere mennus thing, who schal yyue to you that that is youre?
- Wycliffe Bible

and if in the other's ye became not faithful -- your own, who shall give to you?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 16:12


16:12 If ye have not been faithful in that which was another's - None of these temporal things are yours: you are only stewards of them, not proprietors: God is the proprietor of all; he lodges them in your hands for a season: but still they are his property. Rich men, understand and consider this. If your steward uses any part of your estate (so called in the language of men) any farther or any otherwise than you direct, he is a knave: he has neither conscience nor honour. Neither have you either one or the other, if you use any part of that estate, which is in truth God's, not yours, any otherwise than he directs. That which is your own - Heaven, which when you have it, will be your own for ever.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 16:12


Lu 16:12 Another man's. That which belongs to God. All who have property should understand that it is another's. Your own. The true riches, because they become a part of our being, the inalienable possession of the redeemed.

Discussion for Luke 16

  • Wayne
    V. 24- have mercy on me: people have the opportunity now to ask for mercy from the Lord. Once we're gone, mercy cannot, and will not be extended to people. How shall we escape if we neglect So Great A Salvation. Heb. 9:27: it is appointed unto man once to die, then the judgment.
  • Willie
    I believe this parable is saying that no matter how much money you have it will not keep you from going to hell. It also shows that once you are in hell you cannot come back to warn others. We must heed the warnings while we are living. Today is the day of repentance.
  • Joe
    There may be several messages within the Lazarus and rich man parable. The ones I like are that one sin leads to other sins and the ways of the world are wicked and evil.
  • Dewey J
    Jairy, the point is to show that in many ways wicked people are more productive with money and the many uses thereof than Christians are for the kingdom business of God. Jesus is saying that there are many such wicked stewards and managers in this present world that uses money wisely. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Gail Green
    We must hear and obey God's word if we do not it will have to give an account at the end of our lives.
  • Joe
    Bob - The rich man's debtors had bills showing they owed some amount. The steward went to debtors and told them to change the amount owed expected the debtors to be beholding to him when the rich man fired him.

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