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1 All the tax collectors and sinners came to listen to Jesus. 1 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.
2 But the Pharisees and the scribes complained, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3 Jesus spoke to them using this illustration: 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 "Suppose a man has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the 99 sheep grazing in the pasture and look for the lost sheep until he finds it? 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?
5 When he finds it, he's happy. He puts that sheep on his shoulders and 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says to them, 'Let's celebrate! I've found my lost sheep!' 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'
7 I can guarantee that there will be more happiness in heaven over one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts than over 99 people who already have turned to God and have his approval." 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.
8 "Suppose a woman has ten coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house, and look for the coin carefully until she finds it? 8 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?
9 When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Let's celebrate! I've found the coin that I lost.' 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.'
10 So I can guarantee that God's angels are happy about one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts." 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
11 Then Jesus said, "A man had two sons. 11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.
12 The younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the property.' So the father divided his property between his two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13 "After a few days, the younger son gathered his possessions and left for a country far away from home. There he wasted everything he had on a wild lifestyle. 13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
14 He had nothing left when a severe famine spread throughout that country. He had nothing to live on. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
15 So he got a job from someone in that country and was sent to feed pigs in the fields. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16 No one in the country would give him any food, and he was so hungry that he would have eaten what the pigs were eating. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 "Finally, he came to his senses. He said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more food than they can eat, while I'm starving to death here? 17 "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
18 I'll go at once to my father, and I'll say to him, "Father, I've sinned against heaven and you. 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
19 I don't deserve to be called your son anymore. Make me one of your hired men."' 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'
20 "So he went at once to his father. While he was still at a distance, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son, put his arms around him, and kissed him. 20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 Then his son said to him, 'Father, I've sinned against heaven and you. I don't deserve to be called your son anymore.' 21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. '
22 "The father said to his servants, 'Hurry! Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let's celebrate with a feast. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24 My son was dead and has come back to life. He was lost but has been found.' Then they began to celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25 "His older son was in the field. As he was coming back to the house, he heard music and dancing. 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 He called to one of the servants and asked what was happening. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
27 "The servant told him, 'Your brother has come home. So your father has killed the fattened calf to celebrate your brother's safe return.' 27 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28 "Then the older son became angry and wouldn't go into the house. His father came out and begged him to come in. 28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
29 But he answered his father, 'All these years I've worked like a slave for you. I've never disobeyed one of your commands. Yet, you've never given me so much as a little goat for a celebration with my friends. 29 But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.
30 But this son of yours spent your money on prostitutes, and when he came home, you killed the fattened calf for him.' 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
31 "His father said to him, 'My child, you're always with me. Everything I have is yours. 31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
32 But we have something to celebrate, something to be happy about. This brother of yours was dead but has come back to life. He was lost but has been found.'" 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "