Luke 12:21
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New International Version
"This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."

New Living Translation
"Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."

English Standard Version
So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Berean Study Bible
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God."

Berean Literal Bible
So is the one treasuring up for himself, and not being rich toward God."

New American Standard Bible
"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

King James Bible
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"That's how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

International Standard Version
That's how it is with the person who stores up treasures for himself rather than with God."

NET Bible
So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Thus is whoever lays down a treasure for himself and is not rich in God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's how it is when a person has material riches but is not rich in his relationship with God."

New American Standard 1977
“So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
So is he that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich in God.

King James 2000 Bible
So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

American King James Version
So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

American Standard Version
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

English Revised Version
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Webster's Bible Translation
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

Weymouth New Testament
"So is it with him who amasses treasure for himself, but has no riches in God."

World English Bible
So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Young's Literal Translation
so is he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Rich Fool
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.” 22Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.…
Word Study

Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

the [one]
ho (Art-NMS)
The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

To store up, treasure up, save, lay up. From thesauros; to amass or reserve.

Himself, herself, itself.

And, even, also, namely.

Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

To become rich, be rich, abound in. From ploutizo; to be wealthy.

A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

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

Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Luke 12:33
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

James 2:5
Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?
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