The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Luke
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- Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
- And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives
sinners and eats with them."
- So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
- "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?
- And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
- 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!'
- 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.
- "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?
- 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!'
- Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."
- Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.
- 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.
- And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed
to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
- But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and
he began to be in want.
- Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent
him into his fields to feed swine.
- And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine
ate, and no one gave him anything.
- 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!
- I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you,
- And I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your
hired servants." '
- 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
- 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.'
- 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.
- And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
- For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'
And they began to be merry.
- Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the
house, he heard music and dancing.
- So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
- 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.'
- But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and
pleaded with him.
- 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.
- But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood
with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'
- And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is
- 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.' "
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