Bible: Luke 15:1-32

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

15:1 Now all the tax collectors 1  and sinners were coming 2  to hear him. 15:2 But 3  the Pharisees 4  and the experts in the law 5  were complaining, 6 This man welcomes 7  sinners and eats with them.”

15:3 So 8  Jesus 9  told them 10  this parable: 11  15:4 Which one 12  of you, if he has a hundred 13  sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 14  and go look for 15  the one that is lost until he finds it? 16  15:5 Then 17  when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 18  home, he calls together 19  his 20  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 sinner 21  who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 22  who have no need to repent. 23 

15:8Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 24  and loses 25  one of them, 26  does not light a lamp, sweep 27  the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 28  when she has found it, she calls together her 29  friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 30  with me, for I have found the coin 31  that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 32  over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 33  Jesus 34  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 35  younger of them said to his 36  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 37  that will belong 38  to me.’ So 39  he divided his 40  assets between them. 41  15:13 After 42  a few days, 43  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 44  his wealth 45  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 46  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 for 47  one of the citizens of that country, who 48  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 49  15:16 He 50  was longing to eat 51  the carob pods 52  the pigs were eating, but 53  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 54  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 55  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 sinned 56  against heaven 57  and against 58  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 59  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 60  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 61  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 62  he ran and hugged 63  his son 64  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 65  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 66  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 finger 70  and sandals 71  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 72  the fattened calf 73  and kill it! Let us eat 74  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 75  So 76  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 77  he came and approached the house, he heard music 78  and dancing. 15:26 So 79  he called one of the slaves 80  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 81 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 82  because he got his son 83  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 84  became angry 85  and refused 86  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 87  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 88  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 89  you never gave me even a goat 90  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 91  came back, who has devoured 92  your assets with prostitutes, 93  you killed the fattened calf 94  for him!’ 15:31 Then 95  the father 96  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 97  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 98  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 99 

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