Luke 15 CSB

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

1 All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him.

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      2 And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!"
      3 So He told them this parable:
      4 "What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field a and go after the lost one until he finds it?

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        • a 15:4 - Or the wilderness
          5 When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders,
          6 and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!'
          7 I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don't need repentance.

          The Parable of the Lost Coin

          8 "Or what woman who has 10 silver coins, b if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

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            • b 15:8 - Gk 10 drachmas; a drachma was a silver coin a denarius.
              9 When she finds it, she calls her women friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!'
              10 I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels over one sinner who repents."

              The Parable of the Lost Son

              11 He also said: "A man had two sons.

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                  12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.' So he distributed the assets c to them.

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                    • c 15:12 - Lit livelihood, or living
                      13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living.
                      14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. d

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                        • d 15:14 - Lit and he began to be in need
                          15 Then he went to work for e one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

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                            • e 15:15 - Lit went and joined with
                              16 He longed to eat his fill from f the carob pods g the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any.

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                                • f 15:16 - Other mss read to fill his stomach with
                                • g 15:16 - Seed casings of a tree used as food for cattle, pigs, and sometimes the poor
                                  17 When he came to his senses, h he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying i of hunger! j

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                                    • h 15:17 - Lit to himself
                                    • i 15:17 - The word dying is translated lost in vv. 4-9 and vv. 24,32.
                                    • j 15:17 - Or dying in the famine; v. 14
                                      18 I'll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.
                                      19 I'm no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.'
                                      20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, k and kissed him.

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                                        • k 15:20 - Lit He ran, fell on his neck
                                          21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.'
                                          22 "But the father told his slaves, 'Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger l and sandals on his feet.

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                                              23 Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let's celebrate with a feast,
                                              24 because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.
                                              25 "Now his older son was in the field; as he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
                                              26 So he summoned one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
                                              27 'Your brother is here,' he told him, 'and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' m

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                                                • m 15:27 - Lit him back healthy
                                                  28 "Then he became angry and didn't want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him.
                                                  29 But he replied to his father, 'Look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.
                                                  30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assets n with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.'

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                                                    • n 15:30 - Lit livelihood, or living
                                                      31 " 'Son,' o he said to him, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

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                                                          32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "