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

  • A disciple
    Irene, have you not read the part where the Lord Jesus warns against blasphemy of the Holy Ghost? This terrible warning of eternal damnation concerns those who said Jesus had an unclean spirit; and who were NEVER saved Christians! You spend a lot of time "instructing" others; but the foundation and building of understanding knowledge of the Spirit of Truth must be irrefutable as Whom we speak for.
  • Irene123
    I really don't see how, through writing, talking, anyone could 'force' anyone to do anything. If that were the case - you better talk to God, Bruce; His 'language' is much more 'forceful' than mine. I'm not angry with you; Please believe that. I pray that your day will be blessed of God - in Jesus name, Amen
  • Bruce
    Irene:The Scripture says he that speaks evil of the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness-,describes came down and they said, Jesus has a devil: that's saying The Holy Ghost is a devil:Mark 3:22-30/ Are you trying to force people to believe what you do? Where in scripture does it say the things you said?/ Hebrews 9:12 redemption through his blood forever Revelations 1:5 washed by his blood/1John 1:9
  • Irene123
    V. 10 - One who blasphemes against the Holy Ghost is one who has been saved, walked with Jesus for a time, then for one 'worldly' reason or another, has left the church and then began teaching friends, family, that it's all a lie, i.e. the healing, the answered prayer, the receiving of the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in tongues, and etc.
  • Irene123
    To Steph - I have to ask (and this is an honest, sincere question) why do you think the Bible has hung around for 2,000 yrs., give or take a hundred, if no one should read it?
  • Irene123
    V. 1 - " ..... there were an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another ..... " ; can you imagine?! Hungry, honest souls as well as the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Lord God just shone His light on Jesus for all to see. Even the false prophets that came before Jesus didn't have such a following. People KNEW Jesus was - different.

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