Luke 12:17
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New International Version
He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

New Living Translation
He said to himself, 'What should I do? I don't have room for all my crops.'

English Standard Version
and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’

New American Standard Bible
"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

King James Bible
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He thought to himself, What should I do, since I don't have anywhere to store my crops?

International Standard Version
So he began to think to himself, 'What should I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

NET Bible
so he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And he thought to himself and said, 'What shall I do, for there is no place for me to gather my crops?' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He thought, 'What should I do? I don't have enough room to store my crops.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

King James 2000 Bible
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room to store my crops?

American King James Version
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

American Standard Version
and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Darby Bible Translation
And he reasoned within himself saying, What shall I do? for I have not [a place] where I shall lay up my fruits.

English Revised Version
and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to deposit my fruits?

Weymouth New Testament
and he debated within himself, saying, "'What am I to do? for I have no place in which to store my crops.'

World English Bible
He reasoned within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I don't have room to store my crops?'

Young's Literal Translation
and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits?
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 17, 18. - And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater. "No place to bestow my fruits." Well answers St. Ambrose," Thou hast barns - the bosoms of the needy, the houses of the widows, the mouths of orphans and of infants." Some might argue, from the sequel of the story, that God looks with disfavour on riches as riches. St. Augustine replies to such a mistaken deduction, "God desires not that thou shouldest lose thy riches, but that thou shouldest change their place" ('Serm.,' 36:9). The Greek word rendered "barns" (ἀποθήκας - whence our word "apothecary") has a broader signification than merely barns; it signifies store or warehouses of all kinds, thus suggesting that the hero of the story was more than a mere wealthy farmer - he was probably also a trader. And there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. As he grew richer, he grew more covetous. Absolutely no care or thought for anything save his loved possessions seems to have crossed the threshold of that poor mistaken heart of his. This strange hunger after riches for riches' sake is, alas! a very usual form of soul-disease. Can it be cured? Alas! it is one of the most hopeless of soul-maladies. This unhappy love in countless cases becomes a passion, and twines itself round the heart, and so destroys all the affections and higher aspirations.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And, he thought within himself,.... And foolish thoughts they were; he did not think of God, or that there was one, and much less that he was the author, of all his outward prosperity and plenty; and was still further off of thinking of returning thanks to God for it: or of asking counsel of him, what he should do with it; but he consults himself only, and thought only within, and for himself; and not at all of his poor neighbours, or for the good of others; nor did he think even of his own soul, but altogether about his worldly substance:

saying, what shall I do? he does not say what shall I do for God? for his interest service, and glory? for the poor, the hungry, and thirsty, and naked? or for my own soul, that that may be eternally saved? but what shall I do with my goods?

because I have no room where to bestow my fruits: he had gathered in his harvest, and filled his barns as full as they could hold, so that they had no room for more; and yet had still an abundance to lay up, and about which he was anxiously concerned; not thinking of the empty bellies, barns, and houses of the poor, where he might have stowed much.



Luke 12:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Rich Fool
16And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive. 17"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' 18"Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is because we didn't bring any bread."

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

Luke 12:18
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
Treasury of Scripture

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

What.

Luke 12:22,29 And he said to his disciples, Therefore I say to you, Take no thought …

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Luke 16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord …

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

shall.

Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which …

Luke 3:11 He answers and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart …

Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all …

Luke 14:13,14 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind…

Luke 16:9 And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Luke 19:17 And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been …

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what …

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

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