(120) The Parable of the Rich Fool
And someone in the crowd said to Him, “Master, speak to my brother and tell him to divide the inheritance with me.”
But He said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Then He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The land of a certain rich man produced a plentiful crop. So he thought to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, for I have no room to store my crops?’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then who will get the things you have provided?’
“This is now it is for the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
“Therefore,” He said to His disciples, “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or how you will clothe your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; neither do they have a storehouse or barn; yet God feeds them. And you are worth much more than the birds.
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Since you are not able to do a little thing like that, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin; yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is here today and gone tomorrow, being cast into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Do not seek after what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, neither let doubt enter your mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But rather seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
“Don’t be afraid, little flock, for your Father takes great pleasure in giving you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give to those in need. Provide yourselves with purses which will never grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief can approach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(120) The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luke 12:13-34, KJV
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 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? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 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. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 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. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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