The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

88. Teaching about Wealth and Material Possessions

        13One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.”
        14But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?”
        15And he said to them,“Take heed, and beware of all covetousness;a for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
        16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' 18And he said: 'This I will do; I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, be merry.' 20But God said to him, 'Foolish man! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' 21So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
        (Lk. 12:13–21)

a   “covetousness”—cov•et•ous adj. [from the French coveitié, covetousness, desire] a: marked by craving and deep desire to own wealth or possessions (it's on your account that he's been so particular about money of late, he was never covetous before—G.B. Shaw) b: having a craving for possession (a man covetous of honors) c: marked by inordinate, culpable, or envious desire for another's possessions (throwing covetous eyes out of their forests on the fields and vineyards of their neighbors—J.A. Froude) (Webster's Unabridged)

Lk. 12:20  him, 'Foolish man! This / him, 'Fool! This (RSV)   (165:4/1821–22)