Luke 12:20

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 (KJV)

Other Translations for 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?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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 for Luke 12:20

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 12:20

  • Padu meshramkar on Luke 12:20
    I enjoyed reading your sermons.What would happened if the rich(fool) would have given God first place in his planning ?
  • Chris - in Reply on Luke 12:20
    In His parable, Jesus was pointing out that a person's heart is either towards God or to mammon (money, goods, pleasures) -Matthew 6:24. This man had no concern for God or God's requirements & indeed his own afterlife - his focus was on himself & to enjoy what he had accomplished by his own hands, constantly watching his wealth becoming even greater in the passing years.

    Had he given God the first place rather than himself, it would have demonstrated that even with his bountiful harvests & substance, he would have acknowledged that it was God Who blessed him with these things, he would have also given of his substance to the needy around him & his own faith & love for God would have increased. I believe, in the Old Covenant economy, this rich man could have been wise in God's Eyes & not foolish, & would have been accepted by God as a man of faith & love for the people around him. Rather than being a self-centred rich 'fool', he would have been a people-centric wise man who was rich towards God having a heart towards God & not self.
  • Fred scanlan - in Reply on Luke 12:20
    Raising a family, working a couple jobs, sending kids to a Christian school. working long hrs. turned into more than I knew I needed. We fail to draw the line when it comes to those things that are important and those that are needful! Peace ,love and joy, were not evidence of a thriving family. Sin, poor decisions, unholy friends, only contributed to further dissimulation. The family that loves Jesus first , will be the happiest! Christ first in all things! Rich or poor put Him first!
  • Lorraine Zwahlen on Luke 12:20
    All of this tells us something basic about the interdependence of men and nation.Whether we realize it or not,each of us is eternally "in the red".We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Luke 12:20
    All life is given of God, if you try to save it for your own selfish gain you will lose it
  • Timothy Wayne George on Luke 12:20
    Jesus has just told a parable about a certain rich man. The rich man had more goods than he could store up, so he thought to himself, without being mindful of God, I shall build larger barns to bestow my goods. Then I will say to my soul, take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Instead God said thou fool, this night, thy soul is required of thee, and to whom shall these goods be given? We have to remember God owns it all, and we are only stewards. We will have to give an account of our stewardship when we die. To whom much is given, much is required. It is wise to give those goods away while you are living, to the glory of God, and for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Beware of covetousness, for the life of a man does not consist in the abundance of the things that he has. Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, then all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
  • Kenneth on Luke 12:20
    I feel it is telling us that all the riches you acquired during this life on earth will be completely worthless when you die. It also speaks to the fact that we know not the hour we are going to leave this life. Knowing this, I think we should put our focus on being ready for heaven at this time. Note that the passage said nothing about heaven or hell, but know you are going to one or the other for eternity. Believe me whatever you leave behind someone is going to enjoy it whether you like it or not.
  • Carolyn on Luke 12:20
    I feel the Lord is teaching to store up your riches in Heaven, for on this earth your inheiritance is worthless unless you have inheirted the Kingdom of God through Jesus. That is the only true thing that matters for everything else will pass away.


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