Thus, I say unto you, there is joy before the angels of God for one repenting sinner.
And he said, A certain man had two sons;
and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give to me the share of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided to them what he was possessed of.
And after not many days the younger son gathering all together went away into a country a long way off, and there dissipated his property, living in debauchery.
But when he had spent all there arose a violent famine throughout that country, and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he longed to fill his belly with the husks which the swine were eating; and no one gave to him.
And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and *I* perish here by famine.
I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;
I am no longer worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he rose up and went to his own father. But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell upon his neck, and covered him with kisses.