15 Allm the tax collectorsn and sinners were approaching to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, “This man welcomes sinnerso and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable:p 4 “What man among you, who has a hundred sheep and loses one of them,q does not leave the ninety-nine in the open fieldC and go after the lost one until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, 6 and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ 7 I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heavenr over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need repentance.
8 “Or what woman who has ten silver coins,D,E if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!’ 10 I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angelss over one sinner who repents.”
11 He also said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets* to them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squanderedt his estate in foolish living.u 14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing.G 15 Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.v 16 He longed to eat his fill fromA the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything. 17 When he came to his senses,B he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger!* 18 I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinneda against heavenb and in your sight. 19 I’m no longer worthyc to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired workers.” ’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion.d He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissede him. 21 The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father told his servants, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robef and put it on him; put a ringg on his finger and sandalsh on his feet. 23 Then bring the fattened calfi and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, 24 because this son of mine was dead and is alive again;j he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field; as he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he summoned one of the servants, questioning what these things meant. 27 ‘Your brother is here,’ he told him, ‘and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’D
28 “Then he became angry and didn’t want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 But he replied to his father, ‘Look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assetsE with prostitutes,k you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’
31 “ ‘Son,’F he said to him, ‘you are always with me,l and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
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