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1 Now all the tax-farmers and sinners came near to give ear to him. 1 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes were angry, saying, This man gives approval to sinners, and takes food with them. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3 And he made a story for them, saying, 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if one of them gets loose and goes away, will not let the ninety-nine be in the waste land by themselves, and go after the wandering one, till he sees where it is? 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 has got it again, he takes it in his arms with joy. 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 And when he gets back to his house, he sends for his neighbours and friends, saying to them, Be glad with me, for I have got back my sheep which had gone away. 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 say to you that even so there will be more joy in heaven when one sinner is turned away from his wrongdoing, than for ninety-nine good men, who have no need of a change of heart. 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 Or what woman, having ten bits of silver, if one bit has gone from her hands, will not get a light, and go through her house, searching with care till she sees 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 has it again, she gets her friends and neighbours together, saying, Be glad with me, for I have got back the bit of silver which had gone from me. 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 Even so, I say to you, There is joy among the angels of God, when one sinner is turned away from his wrongdoing. 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 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me that part of your property which will be mine. And he made division of his goods between them. 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13 And not long after, the younger son got together everything which was his and took a journey into a far-away country, and there all his money went 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 And when everything was gone, there was no food to be had in that country, and he was in need. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
15 And he went and put himself into the hands of one of the people of that country, and he sent him into his fields to give the pigs their food. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16 And so great was his need that he would have been glad to take the pigs' food, and 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 But when he came to his senses, he said, What numbers of my father's servants have bread enough, and more, while I am near to death here through need of food! 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 get up and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes: 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 good enough to be named your son: make me 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 And he got up and went to his father. But while he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with pity for him and went quickly and took him in his arms and gave him a kiss. 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 And his son said to him, Father, I have done wrong, against heaven and in your eyes: I am no longer good enough to be named 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, Get out the first robe quickly, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes 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 the fat young ox and put it to death, and let us have a feast, and be glad. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24 For this, my son, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away from me, and has come back. And they were full of joy. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25 Now the older son was in the field: and when he came near the house, the sounds of music and dancing came to his ears. 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he sent for one of the servants, questioning him about what it might be. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
27 And he said to him, Your brother has come; and your father has had the young ox put to death because he has come back 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 But he was angry and would not go in; and his father came out and made a request to 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 made answer and said to his father, See, all these years I have been your servant, doing your orders in everything: and you never gave me even a young goat so that I might have 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 when this your son came, who has been wasting your property with bad women, you put to death the fat young ox 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 And he said to him, Son, you are with me at all times, and all I have is yours. 31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
32 But it was right to be glad and to have a feast; for this your brother, who was dead, is living again; he had gone away and has come back. 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.' "