Example of Decomposing a Japanese Sentence

I bring my iPad to church on Sundays to read the Bible instead of carrying a hardcopy one, and it also gives me a chance to practice reading along in Japanese. We were going through some verses in Luke Chapter 12, and I thought verse 21 would be a good example to use to show how I try to break down a verse or passage.  Of course having the English translation helps.

 

自分のために宝を積んで神に対して富まない者は、これと同じである」

自分: oneself, himself, herself, myself
のために: for, for the sake of, on behalf of
宝: treasure
を: direct object marker
積んで: to pile up, accumulate (te for of the verb “tsumu“)
神: God
に対して: towards, regarding
富まない: is not rich (plain negative from of the verb “tomu“)
者;: person
は: topic marker
これと同じ: the same as
である: formal literary form of “desu

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