Luke 12:15

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said vnto them, Take heed and beware of couetousnes: for a mans life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not {even} when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said unto them, Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to them, Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has.
- Basic English Bible

And he said to them, Take heed and keep yourselves from all covetousness, for [it is] not because a man is in abundance [that] his life is in his possessions.
- Darby Bible

And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
- Webster's Bible

And to the people He said, "Take care, be on your guard against all covetousness, for no one's life consists in the superabundance of his possessions."
- Weymouth Bible

He said to them, "Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses."
- World English Bible

And he seide to hem, Se ye, and be ye war of al coueytice; for the lijf of a man is not in the abundaunce of tho thingis, whiche he weldith.
- Wycliffe Bible

And he said unto them, `Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 12:15


12:15 He said to them - Perhaps to the two brothers, and through them to the people. A man's life - That is, the comfort or happiness of it.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 12:15


Lu 12:15 Beware of covetousness. A greedy desire for the goods of this world. A sin of all ages and a besetting sin of our times. A man's life consisteth not, etc. Comfort, happiness, and, above all, eternal interests, do not depend on the abundance of our goods. Why then should a man give his life to a greedy chase after wealth?

Discussion for Luke 12:15

  • Dorothy for verse 15
    I like it because it helps me. I read every day some
  • Oladeji Benjamin Olalekan for verse 15
    What appears to me that the Author of Life stands to address is to explain what life is.I think no one knows it better than Him for scripture refers to Him as Author of Life.Sometimes definition of a thing is difficult and option in the face of such dilemma is to describe the concept or a thing itself and this is done by elimination and substitution methods.The method used by Author of Life in that weighty expression is elimination method.He is saying that 'when defining what life means,start with this radical approach:remove from your thoughts and calculation POSSESSIONS'!In the world and its system,they have their measuring indexes of different things including LIFE.But as far as the Author of life is concerned,where the world ends its calculation(that is POSSESSIONS) of what life should mean should be our initial point of separation and departure.We use things in the Kingdom not vice versa.Jesus leaves us to look for meaning of life outside property possession whether in tangible or intangible because they are not part of 'universal set' of what life is.So wealth is a misguided index of what life is.God bless you.see Matt.6:25-34,Jn 10:10.

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