The Lost Sheep

1 Now all the 1tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
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    • a 15:1 - I.e. irreligious Jews
      2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and 2eats with them."
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      3 So He told them this parable, saying,
      4 "3What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine * in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
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      5 "When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
      6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
      7 "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine * righteous persons who need no repentance.

      The Lost Coin

      8 "Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
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        • c 15:8 - Gr "drachmas," one drachma was a day's wages
          9 "When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'
          10 "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy 4in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
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          The Prodigal Son

          11 And He said, "A man had two sons.
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              12 "The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me 5the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his 6wealth between them.
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              14 "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.
              15 "So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
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                • e 15:15 - Lit "was joined to"
                  16 "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
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                    • f 15:16 - I.e. of the carob tree
                      17 "But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
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                        • g 15:17 - Lit "himself"
                          18 'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;
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                            • h 15:18 - Lit "before you"
                              19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
                              20 "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and 7embraced * * him and kissed him.
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                                • i 15:20 - Lit "his own"
                                • j 15:20 - Lit "fell on his neck"
                                  21 "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
                                  22 "But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out 8the best robe and put it on him, and 9put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
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                                  23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
                                  24 for this son of mine was 10dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.
                                  25 "Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
                                  26 "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what * these things could be.
                                  27 "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.'
                                  28 "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.
                                  29 "But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
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                                    • k 15:29 - Or "disobeyed"
                                      30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your 11wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'
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                                      31 "And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.
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                                        • m 15:31 - Lit "are always with me"
                                          32 'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was 12dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.' "
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