1Nowall the 1taxcollectors and the asinners were comingnear Him to listen to Him.
2Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "Thismanreceivessinners and 2eats with them."
3So He told them thisparable, saying,
4"3Whatmanamong you, if he has a hundredsheep and has lostone of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the bopenpasture and goafter the one which is lostuntil he finds it?5"When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6"And when he comeshome, he callstogether 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 sameway, there will be more joy in heavenoveronesinner who repentsthanoverninety-ninerighteouspersonswhoneednorepentance.