Luke 12:20
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English Standard Version
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

King James Bible
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?

American Standard Version
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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?

English Revised Version
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?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

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

Luke 12:20 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Fool (ἄφρων)

Senseless. In Xenophon's "Memorabilia," Socrates, addressing Aristodemus, says, "Which do you take to be the more worthy of admiration, those who make images without sense (ἀφρονά) or motion, or those who make intelligent and active creations?" (1, iv., 4). Sometimes, also, in the sense of crazed, frantic, but never in New Testament.

Is required (ἀπαιτοῦσιν)

Lit., they require; i.e., the messengers of God. The indefiniteness is impressive.

Whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?

The Greek order puts that first which was uppermost in the rich man's thought - his accumulations: "and the things which thou hast provided (Rev., prepared), whose shall they be?" God does not say, "the things which thou hast or possessest." The whole question of the tenure of his property is opened for the rich man. He had said my fruits and my goods. Now his proprietorship is ignored. They are not his. Whose shall they be? He is to be dispossessed at once. Plato relates how Pluto complained to Zeus that the souls of the dead found their way to the wrong places, because the judged have their clothes on, and evil souls are clothed in fair bodies, so that the judges, who also have their clothes on and their souls veiled by their mortal part, are deceived. Zeus replies: "In the first place, I will deprive men of the foreknowledge of death which they now have. In the second place, they shall be entirely stripped before they are judged, for they shall be judged when they are dead; and the judge, too, shall be naked; that is to say, dead. He, with his naked soul, shall pierce into the other naked soul, and they shall die suddenly and be deprived of all their kindred, and leave their brave attire strewn upon the earth" ("Gorgias," 523).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God.

Luke 16:22,23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried...

Exodus 16:9,10 And Moses spoke to Aaron, Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD...

1 Samuel 25:36-38 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him...

2 Samuel 13:28,29 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Smite Amnon...

1 Kings 16:9,10 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah...

Job 20:20-23 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired...

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

Psalm 78:30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,

Daniel 5:1-6,25-30 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand...

Nahum 1:10 For while they be entwined together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming...

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child...

Thou fool.

Luke 11:40 You fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right...

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

thy soul shall be required of thee. or, do they require thy soul. then.

Esther 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him...

Esther 8:1,2 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy to Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king...

Job 27:16,17 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay...

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Psalm 49:17-19 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him...

Psalm 52:5-7 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-22 Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me...

Ecclesiastes 5:14-16 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begets a son, and there is nothing in his hand...

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right...

Daniel 5:28 PERES; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Cross References
Job 27:8
For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?

Psalm 39:6
Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

Psalm 49:10
For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.

Proverbs 10:2
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 13:7
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Isaiah 56:12
"Come," they say, "let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure."

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