Luke 12:16
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 Standard 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.

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

New King James Version
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

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

NASB 1995
And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.

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

Amplified Bible
Then He told them a parable, saying, “There was a rich man whose land was very fertile and productive.

Christian Standard Bible
Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive.

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

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

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

Contemporary English Version
So Jesus told them this story: A rich man's farm produced a big crop,

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

Good News Translation
Then Jesus told them this parable: "There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops.

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

Literal Standard Version
And He spoke an allegory to them, saying, “Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well;

New American Bible
Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.

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

New Revised Standard Version
Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly.

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

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Parable of the Rich Fool
15And He said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for one’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
Now this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and complacent; they did not help the poor and needy.

Matthew 13:8
Still other seed 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 one'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 hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him…

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 secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.











Verse 16. - The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. The unhappy subject of the Lord's story was a common figure in Palestine in an ordinarily prosperous time. We have the portrait of a landowner whose farms do not seem to have been acquired by any unjust means. This man, after years of successful industry, having acquired great wealth, wholly devotes himself to it and to its further increase. He does not give himself up to excess or profligacy, but simply, body and soul, becomes the slave of his wealth; utterly, hopelessly selfish, he forgets alike God and his neighbor.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Then
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

He told
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

them
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

a parable:
παραβολὴν (parabolēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3850: From paraballo; a similitude, i.e. fictitious narrative, apothegm or adage.

“The
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ground
χώρα (chōra)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5561: Feminine of a derivative of the base of chasma through the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. A space of territory.

of a certain
τινὸς (tinos)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

rich
πλουσίου (plousiou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 4145: Rich, abounding in, wealthy; subst: a rich man. From ploutos; wealthy; figuratively, abounding with.

man
Ἀνθρώπου (Anthrōpou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

produced an abundance.
εὐφόρησεν (euphorēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2164: To bear well, bring a good harvest, yield abundantly. From eu and phoreo; to bear well, i.e. Be fertile.


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