Luke 15:32

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.’ ”

Read Luke 15:32 Using Other Translations

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"
We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

What does Luke 15:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 15:32

It was meet that we should make merry
Both father, son, and servants; (See Gill on Luke 15:23) (See Gill on Luke 15:24) and this elder brother also, because of the relation he stood in to him: and if he had had the same spiritual affection the apostle had for his brethren and kinsmen, according to the flesh, ( Romans 9:3 ) ( 10:1 ) and he would have rejoiced at the conversion and return of sinners by repentance:

and be glad;
as his father was, and the angels in heaven be; see ( Luke 15:10 )

for this thy brother,
though he would not own him as such,

was dead, and is alive again, and was lost, and is found:
(See Gill on Luke 15:24) and so the parable is concluded, the elder brother being silenced, and having nothing to say against such strong reasoning.

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