Greed Denounced

13 Now someone [a]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But He said to him, [b](A)You there—who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over the two of you?” 15 But He said to them, (B)Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one is affluent does his life consist of his possessions.” 16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began thinking to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods there. 19 And I will say to [c]myself, “(C)You have many goods stored up for many years to come; relax, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘(D)You fool! This very night [d](E)your soul is demanded of you; and (F)as for all that you have prepared, who will own it now?’ 21 Such is the one who (G)stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich in relation to God.”

22 And He said to His disciples, (H)For this reason I tell you, [e]do not worry about your [f]life, as to what you are to eat; nor for your body, as to what you are to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the (I)ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor (J)barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a [g](K)day to his [h]life’s span? 26 Therefore if you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about the other things? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither labor nor [i]spin; but I tell you, not even (L)Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? (M)You of little faith! 29 And do not [j]seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not (N)keep worrying. 30 For [k]all these things are what the nations of the world [l]eagerly seek; and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But [m]seek His kingdom, and (O)these things will be [n]provided to you. 32 [o](P)Do not be afraid, (Q)little flock, because (R)your Father has chosen to give you the kingdom.

33 (S)Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts that do not wear out, (T)an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor does a moth destroy. 34 For (U)where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 12:13 Lit from
  2. Luke 12:14 Lit Man, who
  3. Luke 12:19 Lit my soul, “Soul, you have...”
  4. Luke 12:20 Lit they are demanding your soul from you
  5. Luke 12:22 Or stop being worried
  6. Luke 12:22 Lit soul
  7. Luke 12:25 Lit cubit (about 18 in. or 45 cm)
  8. Luke 12:25 Or height
  9. Luke 12:27 I.e., spin thread for cloth
  10. Luke 12:29 Or keep seeking
  11. Luke 12:30 Or these things all the nations of the world
  12. Luke 12:30 Or wish for
  13. Luke 12:31 Or continually seek
  14. Luke 12:31 Or added to
  15. Luke 12:32 Or Stop being afraid