Bible: Luke 15:3-32

15:3 So 1  Jesus 2  told them 3  this parable: 4  15:4 Which one 5  of you, if he has a hundred 6  sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 7  and go look for 8  the one that is lost until he finds it? 9  15:5 Then 10  when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 11  home, he calls together 12  his 13  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 14  who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 15  who have no need to repent. 16 

15:8Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 17  and loses 18  one of them, 19  does not light a lamp, sweep 20  the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 21  when she has found it, she calls together her 22  friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 23  with me, for I have found the coin 24  that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 25  over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 26  Jesus 27  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 28  younger of them said to his 29  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 30  that will belong 31  to me.’ So 32  he divided his 33  assets between them. 34  15:13 After 35  a few days, 36  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 37  his wealth 38  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 39  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 40  one of the citizens of that country, who 41  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 42  15:16 He 43  was longing to eat 44  the carob pods 45  the pigs were eating, but 46  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 47  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 48  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 49  against heaven 50  and against 51  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 52  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 53  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 54  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 55  he ran and hugged 56  his son 57  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 58  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 59  and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 60  15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 61 Hurry! Bring the best robe, 62  and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 63  and sandals 64  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 65  the fattened calf 66  and kill it! Let us eat 67  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 68  So 69  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 70  he came and approached the house, he heard music 71  and dancing. 15:26 So 72  he called one of the slaves 73  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 74 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 75  because he got his son 76  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 77  became angry 78  and refused 79  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 80  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 81  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 82  you never gave me even a goat 83  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 84  came back, who has devoured 85  your assets with prostitutes, 86  you killed the fattened calf 87  for him!’ 15:31 Then 88  the father 89  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 90  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 91  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 92 

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