The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.14But he said to him, Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?15And he said to them, Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for ones life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.16Then he told them a parable: The land of a rich man produced abundantly.17And he thought to himself, What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?18Then he said, I will do this: 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; relax, eat, drink, be merry.20But God said to him, You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.
Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles
1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.