Luke 12:20

“But God said vnto him, Thou foole, this night thy soule shal be required of thee: then whose shal those things be which thou hast prouided?”

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Other Translations

But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
- King James Version

"But God said to him, 'You fool! This {very} night your soul is required of you; and {now} who will own what you have prepared?'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?
- Basic English Bible

But God said to him, Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall be what thou hast prepared?
- Darby Bible

But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?
- Webster's Bible

But God said to him, `Foolish man, this night your life is demanded from you; and these preparations--for whom shall they be?'
- Weymouth Bible

But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared--whose will they be?'
- World English Bible

And God seide to hym, Fool, in this nyyt thei schulen take thi lijf fro thee. And whos schulen tho thingis be, that thou hast arayed?
- Wycliffe Bible

`And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night thy soul they shall require from thee, and what things thou didst prepare -- to whom shall they be?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 12:20


12:20 Thou fool - To think of satisfying thy soul with earthly goods! To depend on living many years! Yea, one day! They - The messengers of death, commissioned by God, require thy soul of thee!


People's Bible Notes for Luke 12:20


Lu 12:20 [Thou] fool. The still, small voice may have said this, as mortal disease attacked him. Men said that he was sagacious, wise; but God said, "Thou fool". This night. Instead of having many years, "this night" he shall die, unprepared, and all his goods on which he set his heart be delivered over to others.

Discussion for Luke 12

  • RSK
    "...for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." To often we wonder about the millionaires and billionaires in this world and look up to them in awe, but that is not how God looks at us. Seek God first and he will supply all our needs. What a powerful message.
  • Stephen Botts
    Verse 25: "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?"

    This does not mean adding height. This means that by taking thought, you cannot prolong your life. You can't add one second to your life, so the Lord Jesus warns us to be ready always.
  • A disciple
    "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?" The thoughts of men are that their possessions and wealth make their greatness: and so idolatry is one of the root sins and causes of all evil in the world. Neither our possessions nor our vain thinking makes us anything more than men.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    I dont know what means but its not purgatory or reincarnation or anything between heaven and hell( apart from your physical life) its appointed of men once to die after this the judgement its heaven or hell thats it!
  • A disciple
    Paul; clearly the Lord here is talking about repentance and forgiveness, and having the wisdom to be prepared to meet our Maker! It only distracts from the intended point to try to find hidden meanings in things like whether this is referring to Purgatory. A good rule for understanding the Scriptures is to read them with respect to the whole context of what was written and apply that to ourselves.
  • Paul
    Is verse 59 referring to a pergatory? If not, what does it mean?

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