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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Stephende
    This is the truth on steroids. God is a heart knower. He kniws that all are in sin. Christians misconstrue that Jesus exonerated us on the cross. Do you really think that he died so as to prevent us from striving against the Devil. He has forewarned us that all must watch which means we must search our own hearts for the evil therein. Judge for yourself the times. Our leader is an evil liar
  • Irene123
    To Lew on Lk. 12:42-47 -- The 'servant' is the pastor/minister of a church. The house is the church/people. These vs. are similar to Rev. 1:20 where the "angels' of the 7 churches are the pastors.

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