Luke 15 ©

1 The Pharisees murmur at Christ for receiving sinners. 3 The parable of the lost sheep, 8 and piece of silver; 11 and of the prodigal son.


THEN drew near unto him aall the *publicans and sinners for to hear him.


And the Pharisees and scribes bmurmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.


¶And he spake this parable unto them, saying,


cWhat man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?


And when he hath found it, dhe layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.


And when he cometh home, he calleth together his efriends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.


I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine fjust persons, which need no repentance.


¶Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and gseek diligently till she find it ?


hAnd when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

h v.6,7.

Likewise, I say unto you, ithere is joy in the presence of jthe angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.


¶And he said, A certain man had two sons:


And the younger of them said to his father, kFather, give me lthe portion of goods that falleth to me. mAnd he divided unto them his living.


And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a nfar country, and there wasted his substance with *riotous living.


oAnd when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.


And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to pfeed swine.


qAnd he would *fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and rno man gave unto him.


And when she came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!


tI will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,


uAnd am no more worthy to be called thy son: vmake me as one of thy hired servants.


And he arose, and came to his father. wBut when he was yet a great way off, xhis father saw him, and had compassion, and yran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

y Ja. 4.8.

And the son said unto him, Father, zI have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.


But the father said to his servants, Bring forth athe best robe, and put it on him; and put a bring on his hand, and cshoes on his feet:


And bring hither the dfatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:


eFor this my son was fdead, and is galive again; he was hlost, and is found. iAnd they began to be merry.

f Re. 3.1.

jNow his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard kmusick and dancing.


And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.


And he said unto him, lThy brother is come; and mthy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.


nAnd he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.


And he answering said to his father, oLo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and pyet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:


qBut as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

q v.13,22,23.

And he said unto him, Son, rthou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.


sIt was *meet that we should make merry, tand be glad: for this uthy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.