Luke 15

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

15:1 Now all the tax collectors1 and sinners were coming2 to hear him. 15:2 But3 the Pharisees4 and the experts in the law5 were complaining,6 “This man welcomes7 sinners and eats with them.”

15:3 So8 Jesus9 told them10 this parable:11 15:4 “Which one12 of you, if he has a hundred13 sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture14 and go look for15 the one that is lost until he finds it?16 15:5 Then17 when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning18 home, he calls together19 his20 friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner21 who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people22 who have no need to repent.23

15:8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins24 and loses25 one of them,26 does not light a lamp, sweep27 the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then28 when she has found it, she calls together her29 friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice30 with me, for I have found the coin31 that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels32 over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then33 Jesus34 said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The35 younger of them said to his36 father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate37 that will belong38 to me.’ So39 he divided his40 assets between them.41 15:13 After42 a few days,43 the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered44 his wealth45 with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then46 after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for47 one of the citizens of that country, who48 sent him to his fields to feed pigs.49 15:16 He50 was longing to eat51 the carob pods52 the pigs were eating, but53 no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses54 he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food55 enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned56 against heaven57 and against58 you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me59 like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So60 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home61 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him;62 he ran and hugged63 his son64 and kissed him. 15:21 Then65 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven66 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’67 15:22 But the father said to his slaves,68 ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe,69 and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger70 and sandals71 on his feet! 15:23 Bring72 the fattened calf73 and kill it! Let us eat74 and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’75 So76 they began to celebrate.

15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As77 he came and approached the house, he heard music78 and dancing. 15:26 So79 he called one of the slaves80 and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied,81 ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf82 because he got his son83 back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son84 became angry85 and refused86 to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered87 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave88 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet89 you never gave me even a goat90 so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours91 came back, who has devoured92 your assets with prostitutes,93 you killed the fattened calf94 for him!’ 15:31 Then95 the father96 said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate97 to celebrate and be glad, for your brother98 was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’”99

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