Luke 12:16
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New International Version
And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.

New Living Translation
Then he told them a story: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.

English Standard Version
And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,

Berean Study Bible
Then He told them a parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundance.

Berean Literal Bible
And He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

New American Standard Bible
And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive.

King James Bible
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He told them a parable: "A rich man's land was very productive.

International Standard Version
Then he told them a parable. He said, "The land of a certain rich man produced good crops.

NET Bible
He then told them a parable: "The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop,

New Heart English Bible
He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he told a parable to them: “A certain rich man's land brought him many crops.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he used this illustration. He said, "A rich man had land that produced good crops.

New American Standard 1977
And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a certain rich man was very productive.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully;

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

American King James Version
And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

American Standard Version
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

English Revised Version
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Weymouth New Testament
And He spoke a parable to them. "A certain rich man's lands," He said, "yielded abundant crops,

World English Bible
He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

Young's Literal Translation
And he spake a simile unto them, saying, 'Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Rich Fool
15And He said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16Then He told them a parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundance. 17So he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?’…
Cross References
Ezekiel 16:49
"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

Matthew 13:8
Still other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop--a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.

Luke 12:15
And He said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

Luke 12:17
So he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?'
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

The ground.

Genesis 26:12-14 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred …

Genesis 41:47-49 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls…

Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are …

Psalm 73:3,12 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and …

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did …

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