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Luke 15 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 1 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives 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 So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost 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 has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 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 likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. 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 silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search 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 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which 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 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." 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: "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 the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. 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 many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal 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 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 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 he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, 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 himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish 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 arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and 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 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'
20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck 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 And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and 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, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand 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 bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. 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 his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near 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 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 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 because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' 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. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 28 "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
29 So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry 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 as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted 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 And he 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 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and 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.' "