The Parable of the Rich Fool Meaning & Bible Verses


Lord’s Library editors assembled this short resource which offers a Parable of the Rich Fool meaning and summary, with key Scriptures.

In this parable, Christ uses the story of a wealthy man to convey a lesson about the dangers of greed and the fleeting nature of material possessions. This parable serves as a warning against the dangers of greed and the pursuit of wealth for its own sake.

The rich man’s primary focus is on amassing material possessions and enjoying the comforts of life, but he neglects his spiritual relationship with God. Jesus highlights the folly of such a mindset, as the man’s life is unexpectedly cut short, and he cannot take his wealth with him.

The parable underscores the importance of being “rich toward God,” which means prioritizing a relationship with God, spiritual growth, and the well-being of one’s soul over the accumulation of earthly riches. It warns against the shortsightedness of those who hoard material possessions without considering the eternal consequences of their choices.

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Parable of the Rich Fool Meaning

The Parable of the Rich Fool meaning can be found in Luke 12:13-21:

Luke 12:13-21

“And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 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. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 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; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 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. 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? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

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