The Lost Sheep

1 Now all the 1tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
References for Luke 15:1
    • 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."
      References for Luke 15:2
      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?
      References for Luke 15:4
      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?
      References for Luke 15:8
        • 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."
          References for Luke 15:10