The Lost Sheep
1 Now all the tax R679 collectors and the sinners F347 were coming near Him to listen to Him. 2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats R680 with them."
3 So He told them this parable, saying, 4 "What R681 man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open F348 pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 "When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7 "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The Lost Coin
8 "Or what woman, if she has ten silver F349 coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 "When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!' 10 "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in R682 the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
The Prodigal Son
11 And He said, "A man had two sons. 12 "The younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the R683 share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth R684 F350 between them. 13 "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 "So he went and hired F351 himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods F352 that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 "But when he came to his F353 senses, he said, `How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 `I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in F354 your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."' 20 "So he got up and came to his F355 father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced R685 F356 him and kissed him. 21 "And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But the father said to his slaves, `Quickly bring out the R686 best robe and put it on him, and put R687 a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead R688 and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.
25 "Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 "And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' 28 "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 "But he answered and said to his father, `Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected F357 a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth R689 F358 with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.' 31 "And he said to him, `Son, you have F359 always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 `But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead R690 and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.' "
F347: I.e. irreligious Jews
F348: Lit wilderness
F349: Greek drachmas, one drachma was a day's wages
F350: Lit living
F351: Lit was joined to
F352: I.e. of the carob tree
F353: Lit himself
F354: Lit before you
F355: Lit his own
F356: Lit fell on his neck
F357: Or disobeyed
F358: Lit living
F359: Lit are always with me
R679: Luke 5:29
R680: Matthew 9:11
R681: Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7
R682: Matthew 10:32; Luke 15:7
R683: Deuteronomy 21:17
R684: Mark 12:44; Luke 15:30
R685: Genesis 45:14; 46:29; Acts 20:37
R686: Zechariah 3:4; Revelation 6:11
R687: Genesis 41:42
R688: Matthew 8:22; Luke 9:60; 15:32; Romans 11:15; Ephesians 2:1,5; 5:14; Colossians 2:13; 1 Timothy 5:6
R689: Proverbs 29:3; Luke 15:12
R690: Luke 15:24