Bible: Luke 15:11-32

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 1  Jesus 2  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 3  younger of them said to his 4  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 5  that will belong 6  to me.’ So 7  he divided his 8  assets between them. 9  15:13 After 10  a few days, 11  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 12  his wealth 13  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 14  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 15  one of the citizens of that country, who 16  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 17  15:16 He 18  was longing to eat 19  the carob pods 20  the pigs were eating, but 21  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 22  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 23  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 24  against heaven 25  and against 26  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 27  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 28  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 29  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 30  he ran and hugged 31  his son 32  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 33  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 34  and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 35  15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 36 Hurry! Bring the best robe, 37  and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 38  and sandals 39  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 40  the fattened calf 41  and kill it! Let us eat 42  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 43  So 44  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 45  he came and approached the house, he heard music 46  and dancing. 15:26 So 47  he called one of the slaves 48  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 49 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 50  because he got his son 51  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 52  became angry 53  and refused 54  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 55  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 56  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 57  you never gave me even a goat 58  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 59  came back, who has devoured 60  your assets with prostitutes, 61  you killed the fattened calf 62  for him!’ 15:31 Then 63  the father 64  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 65  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 66  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 67 

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