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Luke 12:20-21

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12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 1  will be demanded back from 2  you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 3  12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 4  but is not rich toward God.”

1 tn Grk “your soul,” but ψυχή (yuch) is frequently used of one’s physical life. It clearly has that meaning in this context.

2 tn Or “required back.” This term, ἀπαιτέω (apaitew), has an economic feel to it and is often used of a debt being called in for repayment (BDAG 96 s.v. 1).

3 tn Grk “the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” The words “for yourself” are not in the Greek text, but are implied.

4 sn It is selfishness that is rebuked here, in the accumulation of riches for himself. Recall the emphasis on the first person pronouns throughout the parable.



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