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1 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. 1 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.
2 The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, "He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends." 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3 Their grumbling triggered this story. 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 "Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found 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 found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, 'Celebrate with me! 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 Count on it - there's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue. 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 imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny 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 you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' 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 Count on it - that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." 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 he said, "There was once a man who had two sons. 11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.
12 The younger said to his father, 'Father, I want right now what's coming to me.' 12 The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13 It wasn't long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. 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 gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
15 He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the 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 He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 "That brought him to his senses. He said, 'All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. 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'm going back to my father. I'll say to him, Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before 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. Take me on as a hired hand.' 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'
20 He got right up and went home to his father. When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced 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 The son started his speech: 'Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you; I don't deserve to be called your son ever again.' 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 wasn't listening. He was calling to the servants, 'Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family 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 Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We're going to feast! We're going to have a wonderful time! 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24 My son is here - given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!' And they began to have a wonderful time. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25 "All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day's work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
27 He told him, 'Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast - barbecued beef! - because he has him home safe and sound.' 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 brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn't listen. 28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
29 The son said, 'Look how many years I've stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and 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 Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!' 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, 'Son, you don't understand. You're with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours - 31 " 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
32 but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he's alive! He was lost, and he's 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.' "