New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:57 judge ye not. The entire conversation centering on the dangers of covetousness and occupation with earthly things had been initiated by the argument between the two brothers about their inheritance (Luke 12:13). Jesus concludes by returning to their question and insisting they settle this mundane question amicably between themselves (Luke 12:58-59). Otherwise, if they insist on taking the squabble to a judge, one of them may end up in prison. Christians indeed should be able to settle their earthly disputes without going to court (I Corinthians 6:1-8). It is better to lose an argument than to win the argument and lose a brother. The Lord also admonished all His hearers that they were hypocritical by trying to be so knowledgeable about earthly matters while ignoring the spiritual significance of their times (Luke 12:54-56).