Luke 12:14
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New International Version
Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?"

English Standard Version
But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”

New American Standard Bible
But He said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?"

King James Bible
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Friend," He said to him, "who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?"

International Standard Version
But Jesus asked him, "Mister, who appointed me to be a judge or arbitrator over you people?"

NET Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said to him, “Man, who has set me as a judge and a divider over you?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "Who appointed me to be your judge or to divide [your inheritance]?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

American King James Version
And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

American Standard Version
But he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said to him: Man, who hath appointed me judge, or divider, over you?

Darby Bible Translation
But he said to him, Man, who established me [as] a judge or a divider over you?

English Revised Version
But he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge, or a divider over you?

Weymouth New Testament
"Man," He replied, "who has constituted me a judge or arbitrator over you?"

World English Bible
But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he said to him, 'Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:13-21 Christ's kingdom is spiritual, and not of this world. Christianity does not meddle with politics; it obliges all to do justly, but wordly dominion is not founded in grace. It does not encourage expectations of worldly advantages by religion. The rewards of Christ's disciples are of another nature. Covetousness is a sin we need constantly to be warned against; for happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world. The things of the world will not satisfy the desires of a soul. Here is a parable, which shows the folly of carnal worldling while they live, and their misery when they die. The character drawn is exactly that of a prudent, worldly man, who has no grateful regard to the providence of God, nor any right thought of the uncertainty of human affairs, the worth of his soul, or the importance of eternity. How many, even among professed Christians, point out similar characters as models for imitation, and proper persons to form connexions with! We mistake if we think that thoughts are hid, and thoughts are free. When he saw a great crop upon his ground, instead of thanking God for it, or rejoicing to be able to do more good, he afflicts himself. What shall I do now? The poorest beggar in the country could not have said a more anxious word. The more men have, the more perplexity they have with it. It was folly for him to think of making no other use of his plenty, than to indulge the flesh and gratify the sensual appetites, without any thought of doing good to others. Carnal worldlings are fools; and the day is coming when God will call them by their own name, and they will call themselves so. The death of such persons is miserable in itself, and terrible to them. Thy soul shall be required. He is loth to part with it; but God shall require it, shall require an account of it, require it as a guilty soul to be punished without delay. It is the folly of most men, to mind and pursue that which is for the body and for time only, more than that for the soul and eternity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto him, man,.... Or "friend", as the Ethiopic version renders it; that is, Jesus said to him, as the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions express it:

who made me a judge, or a divider over you? referring to the words of one of the Hebrews to Moses, when he interposed in a difference, Exodus 2:14 suggesting, that the same might be retorted on him, should he engage in such an affair: the reason why Christ avoided meddling with it, was not because it is unlawful for Christians to concern themselves in arbitrations about civil affairs, and in making up family differences, which is very commendable; but lest by such a step, he should give occasion to them, to conclude he was a temporal king: whereas his kingdom was not of this world, and his business lay not in civil affairs, and the management of them; but in spiritual concerns, in preaching the Gospel, and doing good to the souls of men; wherefore this was out of his province: and besides, it was a matter of covetousness, either in this person, or his brother, or both; which Christ takes an occasion from hence to expose, agreeably to his office; to which may be added, that this man seems to have disturbed Christ in his public work, and was of such a worldly spirit, as to prefer the care of his secular affairs, to the hearing of the word, and the welfare of his immortal soul.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Man, &c.—Contrast this style of address with "my friends," (Lu 12:4).

who, &c.—a question literally repudiating the office which Moses assumed (Ex 2:14). The influence of religious teachers in the external relations of life has ever been immense, when only the INDIRECT effect of their teaching; but whenever they intermeddle DIRECTLY with secular and political matters, the spell of that influence is broken.

Luke 12:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." 14But He said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15Then 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."…
Cross References
Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Luke 12:13
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 2:3
So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?

Romans 9:20
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

Man.
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Luke 22:58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, You are also …

Romans 2:1,3 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge: …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

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Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? intend you …

John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him …

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn …

John 18:35,36 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests …

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