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1 The tax collectors and sinners all 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 teachers of the law began to complain: "Look, this man welcomes sinners and even eats with them." 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3 Then Jesus told them this story: 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep but loses one of them. Then he will leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the open field and go out 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 And when he finds it, he happily puts it on his shoulders 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 and goes home. He calls to his friends and neighbors and says, 'Be happy with me because I 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 In the same way, I tell you there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes his heart and life, than over ninety-nine good people who don't need to change. 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 silver coins, but loses one. She will light a lamp, sweep the house, and look carefully for the coin 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 And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say, 'Be happy with me because I have 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 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when one sinner changes his heart and life." 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, 'Give me my share of the property.' So the father divided the 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 Then the younger son gathered up all that was his and traveled far away to another country. There he wasted his money in foolish living. 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 After he had spent everything, a time came when there was no food anywhere in the country, and the son was poor and hungry. 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 with one of the citizens there who sent the son into the fields to feed pigs. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16 The son was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 When he realized what he was doing, he thought, 'All of my father's servants have plenty of food. But I am here, almost dying with hunger. 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 will leave and return to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to 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 am no longer worthy to be called your son, but let me be like one of your servants."' 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'
20 So the son left and went to his father. "While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for his son. So the father ran to him and hugged 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 The son said, 'Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 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 But the father said to his servants, 'Hurry! Bring the best clothes and put them on him. Also, 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 And get our fat calf and kill it so we can have a feast and celebrate. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24 My son was dead, but now he is alive again! He was lost, but now he is found!' So 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 "The older son was in the field, and as he came closer to the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 So he called to one of the servants and asked what all this meant. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
27 The servant said, 'Your brother has come back, and your father killed the fat calf, because your brother came home safely.' 27 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28 The older son was angry and would not go in to the feast. So his father went 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 the older son said to his father, 'I have served you like a slave for many years and have always obeyed your commands. But you never gave me even a young goat to have at a feast 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 your other son, who wasted all your money on prostitutes, comes home, and you kill the fat 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 The father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
32 We had to celebrate and be happy because your brother was dead, but now he is alive. He was lost, but now he is 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.' "