Luke 12:17
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?’

Berean Study Bible
So he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?’

Berean Literal Bible
And he was reasoning within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere I will store up my fruits?'

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?

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

Contemporary English Version
and he said to himself, "What can I do? I don't have a place large enough to store everything."

Good News Translation
He began to think to himself, 'I don't have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do?

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?'

New Heart English Bible
He reasoned within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I do not have room 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.'

New American Standard 1977
“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place 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?
Study Bible
The Parable of the Rich Fool
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?’ 18Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and concluded, "It is because we did not bring any bread."

Luke 12:16
Then He told them a parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundance.

Luke 12:18
Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods.

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 unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on…

Luke 10:25
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luke 16:3
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

shall.

Luke 12:33
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Luke 3:11
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

Luke 11:41
But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.







Lexicon
So
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he thought
διελογίζετο (dielogizeto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1260: To reason (with), debate (with), consider. From dia and logizomai; to reckon thoroughly, i.e. to deliberate.

to
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

himself,
ἑαυτῷ (heautō)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

‘What
Τί (Ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

shall I do,
ποιήσω (poiēsō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

since
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I have
ἔχω (echō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

nowhere
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

to store
συνάξω (synaxō)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4863: From sun and ago; to lead together, i.e. Collect or convene; specially, to entertain.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

crops?’
καρπούς (karpous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2590: Probably from the base of harpazo; fruit, literally or figuratively.
(17) And he thought within himself.--The parable, like that of the Good Samaritan, is more than a similitude, and reads like an actual history. There is an almost dramatic vividness in the rich man's soliloquy. It was the very "superfluity" of the man's goods that became a new cause of anxiety. In such a case half was more than the whole. So far as life depended on property, it would have been better had the property been less.

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. 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.
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