Luke 15:1-11 NIV

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15:4-7pp -- Mt 18:12-14

1 Now the tax collectors1 and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.

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2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."2

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3 Then Jesus told them this parable:3

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4 "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?4

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5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'5

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7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.6

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      The Parable of the Lost Coin

      8 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coinsa and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

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        • a 15:8 - Greek "ten drachmas," each worth about a day's wages
          9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'7

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          10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."8

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          The Parable of the Lost Son

          11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.9

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