Luke 12:20
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New International Version
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

New Living Translation
"But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?'

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?’

Berean Study Bible
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?'

Berean Literal Bible
And God said to him, 'Fool! This night, your soul is required of you; and what you did prepare--to whom will it be?'

New American Standard Bible
"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?'

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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"But God said to him, You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared--whose will they be?'

International Standard Version
But God told him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you've accumulated?'

NET Bible
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

New Heart English 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?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Then God said to him, 'Fool, in this night your soul will be required from you, and whose will these things be which you have prepared?' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But God said to him, 'You fool! I will demand your life from you tonight! Now who will get what you've accumulated?'

New American Standard 1977
“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?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 stored up?

King James 2000 Bible
But God said unto him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have prepared?

American King James Version
But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have 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?

Darby Bible Translation
But God said to him, Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall be what thou hast prepared?

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?'

World English 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?'

Young's Literal Translation
'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?
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
19Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own’ what you have accumulated? 21This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”…
Cross References
Job 27:8
"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?

Psalm 39:6
"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Psalm 49:10
For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.

Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 13:7
There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

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

Isaiah 56:12
"Come," they say, "let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; And tomorrow will be like today, only more so."

Jeremiah 17:11
"As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool."

Amos 6:13
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?"

Luke 11:40
You fools! Did not the One who made the outside make the inside as well?
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