He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
He replied, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.'
Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.
But he answered his father, "Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!'
Then the father a said to him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.' "
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